Greek Magical Papyri

SBLHS 6.4.3.3 offers useful guidelines for citing the Greek Magical Papyri. However, we recently encountered several questions not addressed there. Therefore, this post summarizes, clarifies, supplements, and occasionally corrects the SBLHS guidelines for citing this important corpus. The standard English translation of the corpus is a volume edited (not authored, as implied by the SBLHS … Continue reading Greek Magical Papyri

The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

The University of Chicago Press has just released its 17th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. The changes offered in this new edition include updated guidelines for the citation of electronic information (including citations of social media, private messages, apps, DOIs, and e-books), expanded discussions of English grammar and syntax, and revised recommendations for … Continue reading The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition

Citing Text Collections 9: Kitchen’s Ramesside Inscriptions

Work on a soon-to-be-published SBL Press volume (Trimm 2017) led the copyediting team to clarify references to the various parts of Kenneth Kitchen’s Ramesside Inscriptions volumes. This involved not only determining the abbreviation scheme to follow (since neither SBLHS nor Schwertner 2014 includes abbreviations) but also clarifying what is contained in each of the three … Continue reading Citing Text Collections 9: Kitchen’s Ramesside Inscriptions

Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Emperors

Writers frequently struggle to know when a title such as king, queen, pharaoh, emperor, or the like should be capitalized and when it is more properly lowercased. SBLHS 4.3.6 includes all of these terms in a list of capitalization and spelling examples; this post reinforces the guidelines illustrated there by explaining the rationale behind them … Continue reading Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Emperors