Catholic Culture Dedication
Catholic Culture Dedication

Catena — The Chain that Set Scripture Free

By Mike Aquilina ( bio - articles - email ) | Mar 22, 2022 | In Way of the Fathers (Podcast)

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Ever wonder how Bible study was done in the early Church? It was done with chains. The CATENA did the work that Bible software does for us today. It did the work of concordances and even entire shelves of commentaries. Catena is Latin for chain, and the links in these long-ago chains were extracts from the sermons and letters of earlier interpreters of Scripture.


Roger Pearse’s blog entries on ancient catenae

St. Thomas Aquinas, Catena Aurea

Mike Aquilina’s website

Mike Aquilina’s books

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Mike Aquilina is a popular author working in the area of Church history, especially patristics. He is executive vice-president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a contributing editor of Angelus (magazine) and general editor of the Reclaiming Catholic History Series from Ave Maria Press. See full bio.

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