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Catena: Bible & Commentaries

By David Salib

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


The Bible with verse by verse commentary from the church fathers. Catena presents insights on the scripture by early Christian theologians whose faith is the basis of all Christians.

Catena (from Latin meaning “a chain”): brings the faith that was taught by Christ, preached by the Apostles and kept by the fathers. Contains homilies of the early church fathers whose teachings have enlightened our minds and our hearts. Commentaries from the original Church perspective speaks to the deeper experience in the roots of the authentic faith.

Catena presents a remarkable combination of historic insights and practical instructions in Christian living. Catena provides background information on the historical, literary, and theological dimensions of the Scripture.

If you are looking for authoritative guidance in interpreting Scripture, understanding the early church, and learning how to apply the Word of God to your spiritual life, Catena will be a treasured resource for you

God Bless!

What's New in Version 1.1

Hey! Thanks for using Catena :)
This update makes Catena better by: fixing a bug where certain chapters don't load, redesigning the Settings screen, and adding FAQs.

Stay tuned for future updates.

God bless!

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Customer Reviews

Very Impressed!

I downloaded Catena a few days ago and really started using it two days ago. Right off the bat I have to say that this is SUCH a great idea and I am so glad that this is on the App Store. I never thought I would need this in my Bible study until I actually started using the app. There’s nothing better than being able to access so many commentaries by the various church fathers or even apocryphal writings on the fly. So far it has enriched my reading of the Bible immensely and is a supplement I think everyone should consider if they value church tradition in any capacity. As an aspiring Catholic, I can’t help but want a little more of that in my life so I get get even closer to Christ with a little help from those who were so close to and so knowledgeable about Him and His intentions for His bride, the church.

Admittedly, though the content is great, I have had an occasional hiccup or two with the UI, but I understand this is a new application and is bound to happen and I’m sure this will be pressed out in later updates. For example, sometimes double tapping a verse to see the commentary takes a while to respond and other times it is so unresponsive that I have to close out of the app and reopen. This is a fairly minor issue for me but I’m sure it may annoy someone else. Additionally, sometimes I have the occasional slowdown in the app while trying to switch books and navigate to a particular chapter fairly quickly, but it does not stay this way for long after. But again, these issues are minor and do not affect my enjoyment of the app much at all.

I look forward to further updates and growing in my faith with Catena. :)

Catena: Bible & Commentaries
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  • Free
  • Category: Reference
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  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 105 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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