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Citing the Bible and other Biblical Resources

This guide will help users cite the Bible, and Bible dictionaries, encyclopedias, commentaries, and atlases.

A Note on Citing Commentaries

Citing common examples of Bible commentaries

  • A Book in a Series (eBook)
  • A Book in a Series (Print)
  • A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work (Print)
  • One Volume of a Multivolume Work (Web)
  • A Commentary from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (Web)

Note: Commentaries are just books; if you do not see a relevant example, visit the Citing Sources libguide for additional guidance. 

A Book in a Series (eBook)

A Book in a Series (eBook)

Series Examples:  Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture or the Pillar New Testament Commentary

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APA

Keener C. S. (2009). Romans (M. F. Bird & C. Keener, Eds.). Lutterworth Press.

MLA

Keener, Craig S. Romans. Edited by Michael F. Bird and Craig Keener, Lutterworth Press, 2009. New Covenant Commentary Series. EBSCO eBook Collection, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,cookie,url,uid&db=nlebk&AN=813805&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Turabian
Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Keener, Craig S. Romans. New Covenant Commentary Series, edited by Michael F. Bird and Craig Keener. Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth Press, 2009. EBSCO eBook Collection

 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical citations):

Keener, Craig S. 2009. Romans. New Covenant Commentary Series, edited by Michael F. Bird and Craig Keener. Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth Press. EBSCO eBook Collection.

Chicago

Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Keener, Craig S. Romans. New Covenant Commentary Series. Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth, 2009. EBSCO eBook Collection.

 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):

Keener, Craig S. 2009. Romans. New Covenant Commentary Series. Cambridge, UK: Lutterworth. EBSCO eBook Collection.

A Book in a Series (Print)

A Book in a Series (Print)

Series Examples:  NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, NICNT

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APA

Enns, P. (2000). Exodus (T. Muck, Ed.). Zondervan.

MLA

Enns, Peter. Exodus. Edited by Terry Muck, Zondervan, 2000. The NIV Application Commentary Series. 

Turabian
Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Enns, Peter. Exodus. NIV Application Commentary Series, edited by Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.
 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical citations):

Enns, Peter. 2000. Exodus. NIV Application Commentary Series, edited by Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Chicago Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Enns, Peter. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.
 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):

Enns, Peter. 2000. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work (Print)

A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multivolume Work (Print)

Series Examples:  Expositor's Bible Commentary or the New Interpreter's Bible

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APA

Longenecker, R. N. (1981). Acts. In F. E. Gæbelein (Ed.), The expositor’s Bible commentary: With the New International Version: Vol. 9. John and Acts (pp. 205-573)Zondervan.

MLA

Longenecker, Richard N.  “Acts.” John and Acts, 1981, pp. 205-573. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: With the New International VersionFrank E. Gæbelein, general editor, vol. 9, Zondervan, 1976-92. 12 vols.

Turabian
Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Longenecker, Richard N. “Acts.” In John and Acts, vol. 9, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: With the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gæbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981.


Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical citations):

Longenecker, Richard N. 1981. "Acts." In John and Acts, vol. 9, The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: With the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gæbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Chicago
Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Longenecker, Richard N. “Acts.” In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: With the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gæbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981.

 
Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):

Longenecker, Richard N. 1981. "Acts." In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The Expositor's Bible Commentary: With the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gæbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

One Volume of a Multivolume Work (Web)

One Volume of a Multivolume Work (Web) 

Original publication Data and Online Publisher Only

Example: Bible Study Tools

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APA

Henry, M. (1706). Matthew Henry commentary on the whole Bible (complete) (Vol. 1). Bible Study Tools. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/

MLA

Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Vol. 1, 1706. Bible Study Tools, www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/. 

Turabian
Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Vol. 1. N.p., 1706. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/.


Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical citations):

Henry, Matthew. 1706. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Vol. 1. N.p. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry complete/genesis/.

Chicago

Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Vol. 1. N.p., 1706. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/.

 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references): 

Henry, Matthew. 1706. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Vol. 1. N.p. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/genesis/.

Note: Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible comprises 6 volumes. To determine which volume you used, refer to the following list:

  • Vol 1. -- Genesis to Deuteronomy
  • Vol. 2 -- Joshua to Esther
  • Vol. 3 -- Job to Song of Solomon
  • Vol. 4 -- Isaiah to Malachi
  • Vol. 5 -- Matthew to John
  • Vol. 6 -- Acts to Revelation

Commentary from Christian Classics Ethereal Library (Web)

Commentary from Christian Classics Etheral Library (Web)

No known publication date

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APA

Calvin, J. (n.d.). Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans (J.Owen, Ed. & Trans.). Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Retrieved March 17, 2011, from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html

MLA

Calvin, John. Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Translated and edited by John Owen, CCEL. Christian Classics Ethereal Library, www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html. Accessed 17 Mar. 2011.

Turabian

Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Calvin, John. Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Translated and edited by John Owen. Grand Rapids: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, n.d. Accessed March 17, 2011. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html.


Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical citations):

Calvin, John. n.d. Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Translated and edited by John Owen. Grand Rapids: Christian Classics Ethereal Library. Accessed March 17, 2011. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html.

Chicago

Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

Calvin, John. Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Translated and edited by John Owen. Grand Rapids: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, n.d. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html.


Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):

Calvin, John. n.d. Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Translated and edited by John Owen. Grand Rapids: Christian Classics Ethereal Library. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom38.i.html.