Verbum 9 Tip 9t: Verbum specific collections

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Jun 29 2021 6:40 PM

Docx files for personal book: Verbum 9 part 1Verbum 9 part 2Verbum 9 part 3Verbum 9 part 4Verbum 9 part 5Verbum 9 part 6Verbum 9 part 7;  How to use the Verbum Lectionary and MissalVerbum 8 tips 1-30Verbum 8 tips 31-49

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Verbum only default collections sections

There are three occurrences of the Collections guide section in the Verbum default Passage Guide. These are set to three predefined collections. The documentation describes them as:

•     Collections - Catechism — Searches the preset Catechism Collection.

•     Collections - Church Documents — Searches the preset Church Documents Collection.

•     Collections - Church Fathers — Searches the preset Church Fathers Collection.[1]

I have found no definitions but I mentally add “Catholic” to the front of each of these collections.

To compare the predefined collections/text groupings:

Ancient Literature

Catholic Topical Index

Confessional Documents

Predefined Collections


Ancient Near-Eastern Material





Apostolic Fathers





Church Fathers





Dead Sea Scrolls (Sectarian Material)










Old Testament Pseudepigrapha





Nag Hammadi Codices





New Testament Apocrypha





Works of Josephus




Author: Josephus

Works of Philo




Author: Philo


Sacred Scripture



Type: Bible


Church Teaching








Type: Service book


Canon Law





Ecclesiastical Writers






Confessional Document


Type: Confessional Documents





Type: Catechism and certain resources from Systematic Theology and Confessional Documents




Church documents





Church Fathers



  • Ecclesiastical Writers overlaps apostolic fathers and church fathers
  • Church Fathers in Ancient Literature is not the same as Church Fathers as a predefined collection. The latter is closer to Ecclesiastical Writers in its content. The former is closer to Patristics.

Some of the resource types are new and some of the groups are manually maintained. Please report any errors or omissions. I find it useful to have a personal saved guide consisting of these guide sections:

  • Ancient Literature
  • Catholic Topical Index
  • Collection (Church Fathers)
  • Confessional Documents
  • Collections (Catechism)
  • Collections (Church Documents)
  • Liturgy (optional, added occasionally)

This guide keeps one focused on primary texts, authoritative texts, and collateral literature.

P20-1 Primary Sources

Ancient Literature

By type

P20-2 Ancient By Type

By work

P20-3 Ancient By Work

Catholic Topical Index

P20-4 Catholic Topical

Collection (Church Fathers)

By articles

P20-5 Fathers Col Article


P20-6 Fathers Col Rank

By resource

P20-7 Fathers Col Resource

By count

P20-8 Fathers Col Count

Confessional Documents


P20-9 Confess Subject


P20-10 Confess Resource

Collections (Catechism)

By articles

P20-11 Cat Col Article


P20-12 Cat Col Rank

By resource

P20-13 Cat Col Resource

By count

P20-14 Cat Col Count

Collections (Church Documents)

By articles

P20-15 Doc Col Article


P20-16 Doc Col Rank

By resource

P20-17 Doc Col Resource

By count

P20-18 Doc Col Count

Liturgy (optional, added occasionally)

P20-19 Liturgy


Use of data

I find this information more useful than commentaries in that it shows me the scripture in action, in real life rather than the scripture as text on a page. I often make notes in a chart format, noting for each reference:

  • Reference
  • Aspect of passage it uses
  • What its use tells me about their understanding of the passage
  • Personal notes

I find this slows me down enough to actual think about each item rather than skimming through the list with a few sagely nods and no increase in knowledge.

[1] Verbum Help (Bellingham, WA: Faithlife, 2018).

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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David Achorn | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 29 2021 7:23 PM


This is a lot of outstanding information. You mentioned a PBB is in the works. Is the PBB ready for distribution? If so, how can we get a copy. I find these types of tips and tricks very useful but I'm a bit overwhelmed (at first) trying to incorporate them into my current setup. Any help would be appreciated.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jun 29 2021 8:19 PM

The very top line lists the available files for the PBB at this point. It is divided into multiple files because of the size but they may be combined into a single PBB.

Orthodox Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev: "To be a theologian means to have experience of a personal encounter with God through prayer and worship."

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