Open letter to the Verbum powers that be

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Mar 2 2021 2:17 PM

I am pleased with the success of Verbum in seminaries -- a good way to build a financial base. However, I am not pleased that more hasn't been done to give Verbum a Catholic flavor. The small things are still overwhelming evangelical in terminology and perspective. We have been told for several years, "yea, yes, we agree, it's coming" .... and what we have seen is zip, nada, nothing.

Here are some things, not for the seminarian, that would help give a Catholic flavor - just the top few to nudge you along and to remind you it's not always the big things:

  1. A distinctly Catholic Bible reading plan such as the two years of scripture readings for the Office of Readings from the Christian Prayer volume
  2. The Lenten reading plan for St. John Climacus
  3. Reading plans for the Catechism including one tied to the liturgical year
  4. A Catholic books of lists for the new Factbook: 7 deadly sins, gifts of the spirit, last words on the cross, sorrow of Mary, stations of the cross ....
  5. More workflows for scriptural prayer Methods of Praying with the Scriptures (catholic-resources.org) includes: Ignatian, Taize, Centering, Lectio Divina, Biblical meditation (rational)
  6. Workflows based on traditional Catholic (4 senses, typology) and Jewish methods as encouraged in Williamson, Peter. Catholic Principles for Interpreting Scripture: A Study of the Pontifical Biblical Commission’s The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church. Vol. 22. Subsidia Biblica. Roma: Pontificio Istituto Biblico, 2001. ... as many of the 16 or so methods included should have workflows
  7. Workflow based on multiple passages ... at a minimum the comparison of parallel passages as a first step
  8. Okay, this is a biggy but the alignment of the Vulgate to the Hebrew/LXX/Greek NT as appropriate [Think of Tov as example]
  9. A mapping of the Lexham Systematic Theology terminology to Catholic/Orthodox terminology so one doesn't struggle to find topics.
  10. Finally --- I shouldn't have the only word -- this is for others to supply.

Note a few of these e.g. the Catholic Book of Lists could likely be crowd sourced in this forum.

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David Wanat | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Mar 2 2021 3:01 PM

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Kevin S. Coy | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 3 2021 4:48 AM

This is good stuff MJ.  

I will try to find some things that might be added to the list.

Thanks,

KSC

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DMB | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 3 2021 6:42 AM

MJ. Smith:
8. Okay, this is a biggy but the alignment of the Vulgate to the Hebrew/LXX/Greek NT as appropriate

Nice list.

But I'm not sure what you mean by alignment. Rick ran the latin against the hebrew (OT), and greek (duo/NT), to include BWS and even latin roots. Granted, the inline display doesn't include sense, without the bottom ribbon.

From threads last week, it would be nice if they'd aligned latin to the LXX as you mention, instead of just hebrew. As much as Jerome tried to use hebrew, the latin fathers were often working off the greek.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 3 2021 8:31 AM

The elements that I would most like to see are the ones that I think would be most often used, which are 3 and 4.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Mar 3 2021 2:57 PM

DMB:
But I'm not sure what you mean by alignment. Rick ran the latin against the hebrew (OT), and greek (duo/NT), to include BWS and even latin roots. Granted, the inline display doesn't include sense, without the bottom ribbon.

Thanks for making me clarify -- I was thinking along the lines of Tov rather than an interlinear. I would have liked to include the Peshitta to complete the project but I had to allow for some realism.

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Mar 4 2021 12:34 AM

This is a great list, MJ, not just as punctual items, but also as examples of the types of projects that the Verbum team should be constantly pushing for! Thanks for putting this together! Yes

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It is a great list. Thanks, MJ.

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Angela Schira | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Mar 5 2021 6:28 PM

Nice list!  I would also love to have an interactive rosary tool.

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Bede | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Mar 6 2021 5:50 AM

That's a good list, MJ. I'd particularly appreciate 4-6 and 9.

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