Although the SBLHS blog does not often venture into issues of English composition per se, correct word usage and clear sentence construction are both key components of good style and thus worthy of occasional comment. In that spirit, this modest post highlights the improper and proper placement of the word only. Consider, for example, the … Continue reading Usage of the Word Only
Herbert Weir Smyth’s Greek Grammar has been a standard tool for students and scholars of Greek for over a hundred years. Focusing on Attic Greek, but giving examples from a wide range of ancient Greek literature, this single-volume reference grammar covers all aspects of the language, from the fundamental elements of the alphabet and accents … Continue reading Citing Smyth’s Greek Grammar
Philo of Alexandria (a.k.a. Philo Judaeus, ca. 15 BCE–50 CE) was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher. His extensive corpus is an important source of early Jewish biblical interpretations. SBLHS §8.3.6 includes guidelines for citing the works of Philo. This post updates those guidelines. 1. Name Scholars frequently refer to this writer simply as “Philo.” In most … Continue reading Philo of Alexandria
SBLHS 2 §22.214.171.124 provides guidelines on how to format bibliographic entries for modern works that have titles in non-Latin alphabets (e.g., Modern Hebrew, Greek, and Cyrillic). As noted there, the titles of such works should ordinarily be given in translation only, with the original language indicated in parenthesis. The handbook does not, however, specify where … Continue reading Titles in Non-Latin Alphabets
Josephus (ca. 37–ca. 100 CE) was an early Jewish historian whose works provide a glimpse into Jewish history as it was understood in the first century CE. SBLHS 2 §8.3.7 includes guidelines for citing the works of Josephus. This post updates those guidelines and provides additional resources. 1. Abbreviations SBLHS 2 §8.3.7 provides two sets … Continue reading Josephus
We are frequently asked how to format page references for chapters and articles in footnotes. If you are citing the entire chapter or article, the answer is easy enough: include the entire page range. For example: Bart Geurts, “Presupposition and Givenness,” in The Oxford Handbook of Pragmatics, ed. Yan Huang (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 180–98. … Continue reading Citing Page Numbers for Chapters and Articles
The new edition of the Chicago Manual of Style has changed its recommendations regarding the use of ibid. in bibliographic citations. As the 17th edition states: In a departure from previous editions, Chicago discourages the use of ibid. in favor of shortened citations as described elsewhere in this section; to avoid repetition, the title of … Continue reading CMS Update: Ibid.