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How to Cite the Crossway ESV Bible


Seminary and theological students who reference the Bible in term papers need to cite the location of verses referenced. While MLA is the preferred citation style for the humanities, (See Reference 1) some professors may require the APA method instead, which emphasizes the date of publication. The ESV Bible by Crossway, a not-for-profit organization that publishes Bibles, (See Reference 2) follows the format of standard Bibles and organizes sentences by verse numbers and topical sections by chapter names.

MLA

Write the Bible translation, followed by a comma, an abbreviated version of the book of the Bible, the chapter number, a period and the verse number. Close the citation with parentheses. A sample citation appears as follows: (English Standard Version, Gen. 3.15). (See Reference 3)

Place the citation at the end of the sentence that refers to relevant verse, inside the sentence's period. (See Reference 3)

Include the Bible translation in subsequent citations only if you switch to another translation. Otherwise, leave it out, as follows: (Gen. 3.15). The reader can safely assume you are still referring to the same translation. (See Reference 3)

Cite information about the Bible in the sentence itself, as another option. For example, the sentence, "The English Standard Version Bible uses the word 'enmity' in Genesis 3:15" already contains all the citation information. (See Reference 3)

Cite the ESV Bible in your Works Cited page as follows, including the title of the Bible the version and publisher information:

English Standard Version Bible. London: Crossway, 2010. Print

Italicize the name of the Bible (See Reference 3)

APA

Write an abbreviated version of the book of the Bible, the chapter number, a colon and the verse number, followed by the title of the translation. Close the citation with parentheses. A sample citation appears as follows: (Gen. 3:15 English Standard Version). (See Reference 3)

Place the citation at the end of the sentence that refers to relevant verse, inside the sentence's period. (See Reference 3)

Include the Bible translation in subsequent citations only if you switch to another translation. Otherwise, leave it out, as follows: (Gen. 3:15). The reader can safely assume you are still referring to the same translation. (See Reference 3)

Cite information about the Bible in the sentence itself, as another option. For example, the sentence, "The English Standard Version Bible uses the word 'enmity' in Genesis 3:15" already contains all the citation information. (See Reference 3)

Tip
  • APA style does not require writers to reference the Bible in the references section. Double-check with your professor what she requires. (See Reference 2)
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