Welcome to the SBL Handbook of Style website! Now in its second edition, the SBL Handbook of Style has been thoroughly updated to reflect the latest practices among scholars, editors, and publishers. Scholarship, however, is constantly changing, and this site is designed to keep SBL style up to date with the latest trends. It will explain elements of SBL style, clarify and note corrections to the current handbook, and continue to expand the contents of the handbook to adapt to the needs and interests of its users.

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3 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I find the SBLHS list of abbreviations for ancient Greek and Latin texts and authors very helpful. It is of course not always easy to decide which authors to include in this list, but I suggest that Galen be included as well. There has been an increasing interest in Galen in recent years and much of the recent research is also of value for biblical scholars.


  2. Why are we preserving the archaic (in some geographic locations), inconsistent (relative to similar source references) and probably originally theologically motivated/connected use of the colon (:)to separate chapter and verse in “biblical” references (but not in classical sources including Philo and Josephus, or perhaps in hetero-canonical “scripturesque” sources)? This makes no sense beyond “tradition” in some printing-house practices and smacks of theological/canonical prejudices.

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