Citing Reference Works 10: Cambridge History of Judaism

As noted earlier (here), the Cambridge Ancient History (CAH) and Cambridge History of Judaism (CHJ) are somewhat similar to handbooks and companions but different enough to merit their own posts. This is especially the case with CHJ, since this post updates the SBLHS citation style for this series.

Specifically, contra SBLHS §§8.4.1–2, which lists the Cambridge History of Judaism as a single multivolume work, SBL Press now treats CHJ as a series consisting of individually titled volumes.

The reasons for this change are several: (1) CHJ continues to publish new volumes, with the expectation that there will be at least eight volumes in the series; (2) like CAH, all volumes in CHJ are individually titled; and (3) it will not be surprising if Cambridge University Press publishes new editions of some volumes but not others, which requires one to identify which edition of a volume is being cited. For all these reasons, CHJ should be treated as a series, and the principles for citing CAH should be applied equally to CHJ.


1. As with other collections of essays written by various individuals, the citation should identify the author and the title of the chapter (essay).

2. Each essay should be located within the individually titled volume in which it appears, not merely as a part of CHJ.

3. As with other edited collections, the editors and series should be given after the title of the chapter, followed by the publisher information (city: publisher, year) for that specific volume.

4. The page(s) being cited appear last of all; the volume is not included here, since it is identified in conjunction with the series information.

5. CHJ should be included in an abbreviations list as standing for: Cambridge History of Judaism. Note that the series is set roman.

The examples below illustrate how these principles apply to chapters in several volumes frequently cited in our field. A short-title citation (for an additional article from the same volume) is offered after each full reference.

22. Ephraim Stern, “The Archeology of Persian Palestine,” in Introduction: The Persian Period, ed. W. D. Davies and Louis Finkelstein, CHJ 1 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984), 90–93.

30. Mary Boyce, “Persian Religion in the Achemenid Age,” in Davies and Finkelstein, Introduction: The Persian Period, 283–84.


17. E. Mary Smallwood, “The Diaspora in the Roman Period before CE 70,” in The Early Roman Period, ed. William Horbury, W. D. Davies, and John Sturdy, CHJ 3 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999), 172–77.

23. Dan Bahat, “The Herodian Temple,” in Horbury, Davies, and Sturdy, Early Roman Period, 38–58.

The Cambridge University Press website (here) lists the following volumes as available.

Davies, W. D., and Louis Finkelstein, eds. Introduction: The Persian Period. CHJ 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Davies, W. D., and Louis Finkelstein, eds. The Hellenistic Age. CHJ 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Horbury, William, W. D. Davies, and John Sturdy, eds. The Early Roman Period. CHJ 3. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Katz, Steven T., ed. The Late Roman-Rabbinic Period. CHJ 4. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Volumes 7 and 8 are scheduled for publication later this year.

Karp, Jonathan, and Adam Sutcliffe, eds. The Early Modern World, 1500–1815. CHJ 7. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Hart, Mitchell B., and Tony Michels, eds. The Modern World, 1815–2000. CHJ 8. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

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