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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.

APA Style

Parenthetical References

  •  Identify the version you used in the first citation of the text.

    Example:  (2 Cor. 5:17 New International Version)

  •  You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version.


According to the APA Publication Manual, reference entries are not needed for the Bible and other major classical works.  However, your professor may require full publication information; if you are not sure, ask.

 ** Information taken from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2009, section 6.18