The SBLHS 2 follows CMS §8.88 in capitalizing officially designated, recurring days in secular and religious calendars. These include festivals, holy days, liturgical seasons, and similar observances. Below are a few examples:
Ascension Day (as a liturgical day)
Christmas (Day, Eve)
Day of Atonement
Feast of Firstfruits
Feast of the Nativity
Feast/Festival of Tabernacles
Festival of Booths
Festival of Passover
Festival of Weeks
Jubilee, Jubilee Year
New Year’s (Day, Eve)
As the above examples illustrate, if day, feast, festival, or the like occur in the official title of the day, the term should be capitalized. If used generically (e.g., the feast day or New Year’s festival), the term should be lowercased. Likewise, a generic designation such as new moon should be lowercased (see SBLHS §4.3.6).
Some modern translations lowercase the term Sabbath, while others capitalize it. Although one might argue for the lowercase on the basis of the term’s generic usage, SBL Press capitalizes Sabbath in keeping with its listing in our preferred dictionary, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th ed.).
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