Many sources, versions, editions, journals, and series have abbreviations. Usually these are initializations like ESV, which refers to the English Standard Version. The SBL style standardizes the abbreviations of these specialized sources for the sake brevity and clarity. This section of the guide will list abbreviations for many of the most common sources used in biblical and theological studies.
Abbreviations for many more sources than are listed here can be found in §8 (pages 117-260)of SBLHS.