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APA Style (6th Edition) Citation Guide: Biblical Citations

Formatting

Note: All citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent in a Reference List.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

Below is a link to an APA sample paper that contains instructions about how to format a hanging indent in a paper.

Bible Dictionary

Example

Sarna, N. M. (2008). Exodus, book of. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale bible dictionary (Vol. 2, pp. 689- 700). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Sarna, 2008) 

In-Text Quote

(Author's Last Name, Year, p. Page Number)

(Sarna, 2008, p. 690)

Online Bible Commentary

Example

Franklin, E. (2001). Luke. In Oxford bible commentary. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://site.ebrary.com.ezproxy-eres.up.edu:2048/lib/uportland/reader.action?docID=10269141

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Franklin, 2001)

In-Text Quote

(Author's Last Name, Year, p. Page Number)

(Franklin, 2001) 

Multi-Volume Bible Commentary

Example

Perkins, P. (1994). Mark. In L. E. Keck (Ed.), The New interpreter’s bible (Vol. 8, pp. 507-734). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Perkins, 1994) 

In-Text Quote

(Author's Last Name, Year, p. Page Number)

(Perkins, 1994, p. 601) 

Book-Length Commentary in a Series

Example

Vinson, R. B. (2008). Luke. Smyth & Helwys bible commentary. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys. 

In-Text Paraphrase

(Author's Last Name, Year)

Example: (Vinson, 2008) 

In-Text Quote

(Author's Last Name, Year, p. Page Number)

(Vinson, 2008, p. 302)

Citing the Bible

The first time you paraphrase or quote from the Bible, identify which version of the Bible that you used. You do not need to repeat the version name in subsequent references. You also do not need to cite the Bible in your bibliography.

Example

 

In-Text

(in the body of your paper, include a sentence similar to this)

The researchers consulted the Bible (King James Version) to provide items for the development of their religious values assessment.

Bibliography

No citation needed

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