Bible Study

I am an ecclesiastical historian by training and a Bible software guy by trade. Which, I think, puts me in the unique position to write about the history of the intersection of technology and Scripture study in a series of posts.

Written by my friend Andrew Jones PhD:

We might start with a description of the Bible we are all used to. It is a stand-alone, printed volume of 73 books (give or take a few), with a more or less fixed text translated from the earliest and best manuscripts. Because of its size, its mass production, and the fact that nearly all of us are literate, we tend to think of the Bible as a self-contained work that is readily available and can be read by anyone and anywhere.

The Bible was a very different thing in the Middle Ages. That may seem like a bold statement, but let me explain. Medieval Christianity was profoundly sacramental, focusing on an encounter with Christ that was both spiritual and physical.

As the theologians of the period frequently remarked, Christ was the Word of God in both His “doing and teaching” (Acts 1:1). For the medieval Christian engagement with the spoken Word of God was not divorced from physical engagement with Christ’s Body, and so the Bible was, above all else, a liturgical book.

In the liturgy, the priest read the Scripture, brought the text to life through preaching, and then confected the Eucharist on the altar, introducing Christ’s physical presence. The Word of God in its totality was made present and the encounter with it was total: intellectual, physical, and social.

In the liturgy the Christian was understood as united vertically with God and horizontally with his fellow man—all together, the Body of Christ.

This was the context in which medieval Christians studied the Scripture. Indeed, they often evoked Eucharistic imagery. They “chewed” the Word and “swallowed” it. This was an act of deep reading and meditation on the text that culminated in memorization.

But they did not understand memorization as do we. We tend to think of the memory as a hard drive, and memorization as an act of rote drilling that leads to data retention. To the people of the Middle Ages, however, the act of memorization was that of “digesting” the Scripture so that it became a part of who they were.

Like how the Eucharist became a part of the body, the Scripture became a part of the mind. Amazing feats of memory are documented, such as being able to recite the Bible backwards……..

For the whole article, visit here.

For a very funny video on Scripture study in the Middle Ages, watch this. I had tears in my eyes I laughed so hard.

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The Sisters of St Paul have agreed to team up with Verbum Catholic Software to help people study the Gospel readings this Lent. They are hosting a Verbum Lenten Journey, and folks who sign up get a free book and the daily readings and commentary from Lenten Grace: Daily Gospel Reflections delivered straight to their inbox all through Lent.

 This will be a great a great way for people to actively participate in the Liturgical aspect of the Lenten season—(and it’s free.)  

Sign up to study the Gospel readings each day, then read and share reflections with others.

Visit HERE to join the Lenten Journey on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.

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Immaculate Conception? Look What Verbum Can Do!

by Steve Ray on December 9, 2013

This is so impressive I just had to give folks an opportunity to see this. There is a reason that thousands of Catholics are buying Verbum. What would Sts. Augustine and Aquinas think?!

This is a short video that gives shows you how you can study the Immaculate Conception or any other topic in minutes and have the Bible, the Fathers of the Church, Catechism and Church documents at your fingertips with a click.

To see more, compare versions, and to get a 15% discount go to www.Logos.com/SteveRay and enter the Promo Code: STEVE

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Questions for “Bible Christians” that they can’t answer

October 26, 2013

http://www.catholic-convert.com/documents/QuestionsforBibleChristians.pdf  (David Palm is the original compiler of the insightful list.) Check out this list of Questions for “Bible Christians” that they cannot answer. I got a response in the Comments below, but thought I would post it here with my response. DAVID COMMENTED: It is refreshing to hear a Romanist admit they are not [...]

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Download Jesus Free

May 11, 2013

Truth & Life just created a sticker encouraging people to “Download Jesus!” It is a easy way for people to get the FREE Truth & Life Bible app. (Endorsed by the Vatican). Click on the image below or scan the QR Reader.

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Will the Sisters Continue to Compete on the American Bible Challenge?

April 11, 2013

UPDATE: They won on Thursday! Bravo! They are on a winning roll – even knocking out a group of Protestant ministers! Bravo Sisters! Tune in once again to watch the Dominican Sisters of Mary compete for a second time on the Game Show Network’s (GSN). THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Thursday, [...]

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Using Computers and Smartphones to Do Apologetics: Scripture, Tradition & Answers at Your Fingertips

April 7, 2013

Every Catholic needs to learn apologetics. This does not mean we apologize for being Catholics :-). The word apologetics comes from 1 Peter 3:15 where our first Pope tells us we should be ready to explain and defend the TRUTH of our faith. The Greek word used by Peter is apologia. All of us are [...]

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Dominican Sisters Witness through Bible Game Show Appearance

March 17, 2013

By Hillary Senour Team Sisters of Mary with Jeff Foxworthy on The American Bible Challenge. Courtesy Grace Hill Media. Santa Monica, Calif., Mar 17, 2013 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Three religious sisters are participating in a unique evangelization effort by competing on a Bible trivia game show in hopes of supporting their community. “This [...]

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Differences Between Catholic and Protestant Approaches to the Bible

March 10, 2013

“Bible Christians” (a misnomer, since Catholics are the real and original Bible Christians), based on their recently devised “Reformation” principle of sola Scriptura, study the Bible with the following premises: 1. There is no binding authority but the Bible alone; 2. There is no official binding interpretation or interpreter; each person ultimately is their own [...]

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Entering the Desert of Lent – but with Joy and the Word of God

February 13, 2013

Forty days in the wilderness; forty days of Lent. We are now embarking on the adventure we’ve called Lent since the early centuries of the Church. It may not be fun, but if our spirit is right it can be exciting and rewarding. We may even loose a few pounds.  Jesus left the opulence and [...]

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Last Minute Gift; No Wait for Shipping

December 20, 2012

  Give your Priest, Pastor or book-loving friend a gift that will bear fruit long after Christmas is over. Logos is the Catholic Bible study software that I have used  since the I wrote my first book in 1990′s.  Logos offers the most powerful study software available with more digital books than any other. Now that they [...]

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The Cross & the Crucifix: Letter to a Fundamentalist

November 13, 2012

The Cross & the Crucifix (From a letter Steve wrote to a Evangelical Protestant who asked about the Catholic Crucifix) Dear Evangelical Friend: You display a bare cross in your home; we display the cross and the crucifix. What is the difference and why? The cross is an upright post with a crossbeam in the [...]

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The Bible out of Context

October 3, 2012

When reading the Bible devoid of its historical and textual context, there is no context except the context which any person might supply for it. or put otherwise, A text without a context is a pretext. I always get frustrated when self-proclaimed Bible students or teachers start pontificating about the meaning of the Bible and [...]

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Visiting and Speaking at Logos Bible Software; Dinner with Mark Shea

August 10, 2012

Today was a busy and exciting day. It started out with a meeting with my new friend Andrew Jones, a PhD in Medieval history and a Catholic scholar. He hosted us on a tour of Logos Bible Software in Bellingham Washington. Of the 300+ employees I think you can count those over 30 years onl [...]

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Two Radio Shows on Wednesday: 1) Homosexuality, 2) Computer Catholic Bible Study

July 31, 2012

First I will be on Archangel Radio in Alabama from 8:00-9:00 AM Eastern time. We will discuss “Homosexuality and the Bible” in the first segment and “Catholic Bible Study on Computer.” You can listen on-line at HERE. To see the articles I’ve written on homosexuality click HERE. To see the incredible Logos Catholic Bible Study [...]

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I Was on Relevant Radio Monday To Demonstrating Apologetics on Computer and Smartphones

July 23, 2012

Catholic and Bible Study for laptops, desktops, iPads, smartphones and more, all synced together It was a fun show, because it is a fun topic and one close to my heart and constantly on my laptop since 1990! Last week’s show on Morning Air was archived. The show with Sean was on the basics of Logos [...]

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