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Biblical catenae (from Lat. catena, chain) are exegetical tools where the sacred text is accompanied by a continuous commentary made up entirely of excerpts from patristic authors (Patrology/Patristics). The biblical text (sometimes with hexaplaric readings incorporated in the margins or between the lines) is divided into units called biblical lemmata (which may extend over several modern verses, or simpl…

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Auwers, Jean-Marie, “Catenae”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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