Scripture by Topic


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Scripture by Topic, edited by Fr. Kenelm Vaughan

The sheer size and detail of Sacred Scripture intimidate most readers. Many passages have confounded scholars through the centuries. As for laymen, most simply don’t know how to read the Bible. The trick is to read it in organized fashion, with Catholic teaching ever in mind. That ís hard to do, on your own.
But it never used to be a problem. This “topical Bible” was available right through the World War II years. “The Divine Armory,” as it was then known, sat beside Scripture itself on the shelves of priests, religious, and active laymen. Now Roman Catholic Books brings it back to print.

It features:

New and Old Testament verses arranged by topic
Topical index: nearly 700 entries
Reliable, pre-liberal translation of the Bible
Topical chapter subtitles (see below)
No other Catholic reference book — no encyclopedia or dictionary, no study of the Bible — does what this volume does: speeds you immediately to ALL the Scripture passages for any commonly discussed topic.

A (very) partial listing:

Angels (good and bad)
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
Celibacy of priests
Christ in the Eucharist
Christ the Judge
The second coming of Christ
The worship of Christ
Apostolicity and catholicity of the Church
The Churchís final triumph
The Church in Heaven and Purgatory
Infallibility & indefectibility of the Church
Hierarchy of the Church
Holiness and oneness of the Church
The Ten Commandments
Confession of sin
Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist
Extreme Unction
God the Father
Hatred of God
Infinity of God
God’s love for sinners
Perfection of God
Salvation of all men willed by God
The Trinity
Grace at table
The unequal state of Grace in all
Heaven’s glory and splendor
Heretical teachers
Holy Orders
Holy water
Isaias’ vision of Heaven
St. John the Apostle’s vision of Heaven
The Last Judgment
The consequences of lust
Mary and the Rosary
The Mass
Michael the Archangel
Mortal sin
Number of the saved
Table of Contents: Part I: God

I. God

II. The Blessed Trinity

III. Creatures of God

IV. Christ the Redeemer

V. The Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, St. John the Baptist

Part II: Our Last End

I. Final End and Beatitude of Man

II. Manís Use of Free Will

III. External and Internal Law

IV. Actual and Habitual Grace

V. Virtue and Sin

Part III: The Theological and Cardinal Virtues and their Contrary Vices

I. Divine Faith and the Contrary Vices

II. Theological Hope and the Contrary Vices

III. Charity and the Contrary Vices

IV. Prudence and the Contrary Vices

V. Justice and the Contrary Vices

VI. Virtues and Vices Connected with Justice

VII. Temperance and Intemperance

VIII. Fortitude and the Contrary Vices

Part IV: The Word of God

I. The Word of God

II. The Church

III. The Sacraments

IV. The Holy Eucharist

V. Other Sacraments

Part V: Sin, Justification, Merit

I. Sin

II. Justification

III. Merit

At the time of the book’s original publication in the 1940s, Homiletic and Pastoral Review urged every intelligent Catholic at the time to purchase this book, explaining that it is “not a concordance of the Bible, but a volume of topically arranged quotations… a convenient reference book for Scripture material for preachers, writers and teachers.”

Ave Maria magazine went further, calling it “a very useful tool… for anyone desirous of locating in short order individual passages of Scripture” noting even that it could be used to “provide subject matter for meditation.”

“A boon to all who consult Scripture.” -Messenger of the Sacred Heart



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