How to Cite the Bible in Turabian

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Written by 40 authors over the course of 1,500 years, on three continents and in three languages, the Bible remains one of the most-read books in the world. The 1,189 chapters begin with the creation of the earth from what was "without form, and void" and ends with a portrayal of the river of life, the tree of life and the light that is the city of God. If you use Kate L. Turabian's "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations," which is based on Chicago style, you'll find very clear guidelines for citing the Bible in your essay, paper or article.

  • Spell out the name of a book in the Bible when you cite whole chapters or books. Do not underline the name or place it in italics. For example, "In Ruth we find the poignancy of loss and abandonment."

  • Abbreviate the name of the book when citing a particular verse or passage. Include the chapter and verse number, separated by a colon. Separate page ranges with an en dash. Use an abbreviation for the name of the version you are using. For example, "In Ezek. 24:3-6 AV we read the parable of the boiling pot."

  • Only refer once to the version of the Bible you are using if you use a single version in your discussion and no other.

  • Do not cite the Bible in your bibliography.

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