Catena: Bible & Commentaries 4+

David Salib

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 1.2K Ratings
    • Free



Catena is the Bible with verse-by-verse commentary from the church fathers. This gives you insights on the scripture by early Christian theologians, whose faith is the basis of all Christians.

Catena brings the faith that was taught by Christ, preached by the Apostles and kept by the fathers. Commentaries from the original Church perspective speaks to the deeper experience in the roots of the authentic faith.

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

Version 5.2.2

Create your own Bible Plan on Catena. Choose the books, chapters, and date you want to read by.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

Marisauna ,

Great app

There are some things, I think, you have to learn through a mentor. Biblical interpretation is one of these things. If you don’t have access to a live mentor, and even if you do hearing the combined witness of the Fathers will help you out a ton. They are rightly theological heavyweights and passers-on of traditional interpretations.

It is unfortunate that there are so few post-Chalcedonian Fathers included in this collection, but seeing as this app is both made by the Oriental Orthodox and designed to be ecumenical, I’m not all that surprised. Either way, the early Fathers provide just as good a witness to the Faith as later ones.

One thing I think would help fulfill this app’s mission is the addition of of a search function, or some kind of concordance. I know Strong’s is in the public domain. That way you can look up a specific verse you might want to hear about, and read the commentaries. Some way to filter out certain commentators would be nice, too.

Jose Caps ,

Bible app done right

This app is good and has lots of good info. Videos to explain its meaning of each verse and very detailed by the church fathers. Has daily quotes, gives in depth history of each verse from the apostles and saints that took part of Jesus Christ missionary work. But wish it was in Spanish cus my mother doesn’t know English very much. I also wished it had an encyclopedia for words and word bank that talks about the Greek and gives us lessons that we can look at and study it. Would love that it would add more tools like history of the rosary and why the mysteries on it are in the Bible as a way to express the powers of reciting it and where to find it in the Bible. And more, cus that way it can help not only build the faith but also to create this rich archive to find and save more work and show to the world.

MinisterToCorinth ,

Essential App for Christians of All Denominations

Although it might seem like an app geared to Orthodox Catholics (and probably is,) even I benefit from this app as a Reformed Protestant. The daily quotes are extremely helpful for learning how to live as Christians and fight our flesh. The commentaries by various Church fathers are great for those wanting to understand how the historical, even ancient Church interpreted scripture. And the daily readings are good for those times where you don't quite know where to read in scripture, and it helps you to get a little bit of scripture every day even when you are busy (reading in the early morning is probably best.) Overall I can't imagine what my faith would be like if I didn't have the insight this app makes so freely available.

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