Festschrift

A Festschrift (pl. Festschriften) is a volume dedicated to a particular scholar. It typically contains essays written by colleagues or students of the scholar in honor of the scholar’s retirement or another significant life event.

In bibliographic entries, Festschriften should be treated like other edited collections.

Calduch-Benages, Núria, and Jacques Vermeylen, eds. Treasures of Wisdom: Studies in Ben Sira and the Book of Wisdom; Festschrift M. Gilbert. BETL 143. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 1999.

Campbell, Joan Cecelia, and P. J. Hartin, eds. Exploring Biblical Kinship: Festschrift in Honor of John J. Pilch. CBQMS 55. Washington, DC: The Catholic Biblical Association of America, 2016.

Note: The term Festschrift typically appears in the first or second subtitle and should be italicized along with the rest of the title. The scholar being honored in the Festschrift is generally not listed as an editor of record.

When referring to a Festschrift, use the official title of the work. Do not abbreviate Festschrift (FS) or include the term Festschrift unless the official title does so.

Discouraged: Kuntzmann, Raymond, ed. Ce dieu qui vient: Études sur l’Ancien et le Nouveau Testament. FS Bernard Renaud. LD 159. Paris: Cerf, 1995.

Preferred: Kuntzmann, Raymond, ed. Ce dieu qui vient: Études sur l’Ancien et le Nouveau Testament offertes au professeur Bernard Renaud à l’occasion de son soixante-cinquième anniversaire. LD 159. Paris: Cerf, 1995.

Similarly, do not include dedicatory remarks unless the official title does so.

Discouraged: Hogan, Karina Martin, Matthew Goff, and Emma Wasserman, eds. Pedagogy in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. Dedicated to Ellen Aitken. EJL 41. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017.

Preferred: Hogan, Karina Martin, Matthew Goff, and Emma Wasserman, eds. Pedagogy in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity. EJL 41. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017.

For instructions on how to cite articles in a Festschrift, see the SBLHS 2 §6.2.13.

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