Friday, May 23, 2008

Biblical Research Tool includes the work of Chesterton and Belloc

I can't remember whether you've linked to this on the blog or not, or whether I might have seen it in the "Chesterton is Everywhere" category of Trifles in Gilbert magazine, but I wanted to make sure you heard about Biblia Clerus.
It's an awesome Biblical research tool published by the Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican. The link. It contains all sorts of commentaries on Scripture, and other useful tools such as Catechisms, Magisterial documents, Patristical sources, and more. You can download multiple language packages, which have various contents depending on what works have been translated into what languages (thus, there may be some Aquinas works available only in French from the Latin, for example). This includes packages of several ancient languages with Bible translations in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew.

Interestingly for us Chestertonians, under the English language package is a subheading entitled "Literature." Significantly, two authors have been included at this phase; whether more will be added later is unknown, but the first choices are telling: Chesterton and Belloc. Several of each author's works are available in full text, packaged with the download.

I thought you and your readers might find it interesting. The software is a remarkable asset in many respects. The addition of Chesterton is icing on the cake... and the revolution continues!
Thanks, Joe G.


  1. Speaking of Chesterton being everywhere, on the make-up form of the College Board's AP English Literature test, one of the three essay prompts gives a Chesterton passage and asks the student to analyze how Chesterton prepares the reader for the conclusion.

  2. A search on the site of "Chesterton" or "Belloc" reveals nothing. As a Mac user I can download the entire contents of the site, but can't open the doc because it's an .exe file. Either the site has different content than the downloadable .exe file, or the search engine can't locate "Chesterton" or "Belloc." If someone has downloaded this doc containing the entire site, I would be interested to know if upon extraction the file is in a format a Mac user can access.

  3. I searched the website for some other content that is available in the download, and none of it seems to show up. I can only figure that they're still working out some bugs in the indexing of the site. I know that the software itself is still ironing out some wrinkles with the occasional updates available for download.

    I'm not a Mac user myself, but the program doesn't seem Windows based. I think the documents are programmed in HTML. The download version is available here.


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