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The SBL Handbook of Style: For Biblical Studies and Related Disciplines, 2nd ed.

, 2014
ISBN: 9781589839649

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The SBL Handbook of Style is the definitive style manual on writing and publishing in the field of biblical studies and related disciplines. The updated second edition reflects the latest practices and trends among scholars, editors, and publishers. It also includes key style changes, expanded abbreviation and spelling sample lists, a list of archaeological site names, material on qur’anic sources, detailed information on citing electronic sources, and expanded guidelines for the transliteration and transcription of 17 ancient languages.

For more reference works, check out Brill’s Companion to Ancient Greek Scholarship (2 vols.).

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Key Features

  • Includes information for transliterating 17 ancient languages
  • Explains new rules for the treatment of Latin titles
  • Supplies expanded coverage of rabbinic works and ancient codices


  • Responsibilities of an Author
  • Responsibilities of an Editor
  • General Style
  • Transliterating and Transcribing Ancient Texts
  • Notes and Biographies
  • Indexes
  • Abbreviations
  • Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Canons
  • English/Hebrew/Greek Versification
  • Texts from the Judean Desert
  • Shepherd of Hermas

Top Highlights

“SBL practice, in keeping with long-standing American style and CMS, calls for placing quotation marks, whether double or single, outside periods and commas.” (Page 14)

“In the bibliography, cite only the theological dictionary.” (Page 95)

“Books of the Bible cited without chapter (or chapter and verse) should ordinarily be spelled out in the main text. Books of the Bible cited with chapter are more commonly abbreviated unless they come at the beginning of the sentence.” (Page 121)

“SBL Press no longer recommends including access dates—the date on which the author last consulted a source—as they are unreliable, unverifiable, and unnecessary.” (Page 84)

“Any manuscript prepared today should be typed using Unicode fonts, particularly if it includes non-Latin alphabets such as Hebrew, Greek, Coptic, or Arabic.” (Page 3)

Praise for the Print Edition

Every graduate program should make The SBL Handbook of Style a required text.

Carol A. Newsom, Professor, Candler School of Theology

  • Title: The SBL Handbook of Style, Second Edition
  • Author: SBL Press
  • Edition: Second Edition
  • Publisher: SBL
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 368
  • Era: era:Contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Middle East › History--Authorship--Style manuals; Bible › Historiography--Authorship--Style manuals; Church history › Authorship--Style manuals; History, Ancient › Authorship--Style manuals; Middle East › Civilization--To 622--Historiography--Handbooks, manuals, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781589839649, 1589839641
  • Resource Type: text.monograph.handbook
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T02:51:53Z

The Society of Biblical Literature, founded in 1880, is the oldest and largest learned society devoted to the critical investigation of the Bible from a variety of academic disciplines.

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  1. Reuven Milles

    Reuven Milles


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    The SBL Handbook of style is designed for those who are writing papers or dissertations in the field of ancient Near Eastern, Biblical and early Christian Studies. Most matters of style are comprehensively addressed, and where they are not, the editors refer the reader to the Chicago Manual of Style. The book is extremely useful for those who want to standardise their abbreviations and references. Several issues will have to be resolved in the next edition. First, several essential abbreviations are missing from the list of Greek and Latin works. Second, not all abbreviations are located in the same part of the book, and so one has to keep going backwards and forwards to find the appropriate reference. Fourth, the editors sometimes display a dogmatic approach to style. For example they insist that writers ought to use Miriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary for their spelling. This dictionary however is only one alongside many other excellent dictionaries such as, the American Heritage, and the Random House. These criticisms should not detract from the importance and usefulness of this volume, which I recommend wholeheartedly.
  3. Adam Olean

    Adam Olean


  4. James Womack

    James Womack


    How do I access the digital version of this text; after all, I paid for it! Please advise.
  5. Sebastian Weigert
    great help for any Edition work
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  8. Chan Yew Ming

    Chan Yew Ming


  9. Darren Slade

    Darren Slade


    Very much excited for this to come out, especially since the second edition has far more references to ancient literature than the first edition. Any idea when this will launch for download? I'm tempted to buy it in print now since I need it for school, but I would rather support Logos.


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