Does the SBLHS 2 require the indentation of footnotes? The answer is no. It is common practice to indent the first line of footnotes. However, the decision about indentation lies with the publisher. Works by SBL Press typically indent the first line of a footnote, as we feel that it improves the readibility of the text. Other publishers, however, prefer the sleek look that nonindented footnotes provide. It is best to check with your publisher to determine what formatting they require. For students, we recommend indenting the footnotes of term papers and theses unless the directing professor specifies otherwise.
Note: The SBLHS 2 does not indent the footnote examples in section 6 in order to ensure the legibility of the examples.