Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Biblia Clerus: Reading the Word of God With the Church

This is the best new website I've seen come along in a while!

Recently launched by the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, it puts the Scriptures at your fingertips alongside those writings of the Early Church Fathers, the Doctors of the Church, and the magisterial documents that cite a particular passage of Scripture.

You can look up any passage in Scripture in either the NAB or RSV translation for us English speakers (if you read Latin, Greek, or Hebrew, these translations are here, too, along with French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish). Simply find the passage you are looking for, click the "comment" button, and up pops links to a wide variety of Church documents that cite that particular passage.

This is a dream come true for those interested in connecting the Scriptures with the early Church Fathers. It also makes a great homily help for priests, and an excellent research tool for students.

In addition to all this, you are also free to download the entire contents of the website so that you can access it at any time without an internet connection!

All in all, it seems to be an invaluable tool for Catholics as they approach the Scriptures in order to truly read the Bible from the heart of the Church (to borrow the slogan from the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology).