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Monday, March 17, 2008  

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's St. Patrick's Day, and as with Bible Software, there's a lot of "blarney" out there about this celebrated missionary to Ireland. To get at the truth about Patrick, try consulting the following Accordance resources, many of which you may already have.

St. Patrick: The Premier Level of the Library CD-ROM contains a module called St. Patrick which includes a brief biographical sketch of the man, a more detailed biography excerpted from Wylie's History of the Scottish Nation, Patrick's own Confession, and a prayer attributed to Patrick called the "Shield of St. Patrick."

Church History: All levels of the Library include Sketches of Church History, which contains a brief account of church history from the first century to the eve of the Protestant Reformation. The Church History module contains a good overview of Patrick's life.

Christian Biography: Another module contained in all levels of the Library is Wace's Dictionary of Early Christian Biography. This module contains a quite scholarly treatment of the life of Patrick, including an evaluation of the historical authenticity of the various source documents. This module lists Patrick under the Latin name "Patricius," but Accordance takes all that into account for you, so that you can simply search for "Patrick."

Schaff's History: Our Church Fathers add-on CD-ROM contains 38 volumes of the early church fathers in English, along with Philip Schaff's 8-volume History of the Christian Church. Schaff describes the life of Patrick within the wider context of the Christianization of Ireland as a whole.

NIDCC: The Zondervan Scholarly Bible Study Suite CD-ROM includes the New International Dictionary of the Christian Church. This dictionary contains a brief entry on Patrick of Ireland, as well as other Christian figures, movements, and theological and liturgical terms.

As you can see, there are lots of places you can turn for information about historical figures such as Patrick of Ireland. Some of these modules you may already have. Others, such as Schaff's History or the NIDCC, you'll definitely want to consider getting.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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