SBL contains two different styles. Lycoming professors allow you to choose which you want to use, but be consistent.
Use a hanging indentation for the citation; use the author's full name(s) as given; capitalize all keywords in Title of Work, Title of Periodical, Title of Article, and Title of Chapter; do not italicize volume number after Title of Periodical; do not include the issue number unless the journal begins with page one with each issue. What follows is a sample of common bibliographical sources. For other types of sources, see The SBL Handbook of Style, pp. 38-75.
Bibliographies for Footnote/Endnote Style
Bibliographies for Author-Date Style
- Biblical Citations should be given with Biblical book, chapter and verses (*not* with page numbers in their particular edition, unless what they are citing is the notes), ex. 2 Kgs 11:1-20. When citing just the chapter: 2 Kings 11. See the SBL Handbook 69-75 for more information on abbreviations.
- If citing notes in a Study Bible, then you need to find the *author* of the *notes* for that particular section (i.e. not just the editor), ex. Wilson, Robert R. 1993. "1 Kings, 2 Kings." Pages 509-604 in The HarperCollins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books. Edited by Wayne Meeks. New York: HarperCollins.
- For efficiency, cut-down pages numbers (i.e. instead of 119-134 use 119-34, but not 14-7 instead of 14-17)
Additional citation materials from Dr. Johnson
SBL Style Samples
SBL Style Instructions
SBL Style Guide in Snowden Library
Alexander, Patrick H., ed. The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1999.
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