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SBL Style Guide

General Issues


Should you use an apostrophe or just an apostrophe with a noun that ends with an s (for example, Jesus' or Jesus's)? Or what is the proper way to refer to a biblical verse: Rom 1.16 or Rom 1:16


When do you spell out a number or not?


Often specialized disciplines have many terms that are perhaps spelled a certain way or have a specialized meaning (for example, what's the difference between lowercase gospel and capitalized Gospel?).


Characters in languages that do not use a Latin script (e.g., Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, etc.) are given standard Latin characters for consistent representation where a word processor does not use non-Latin characters.

These general issues are discussed at length in §4 and §5 (pages 12-67) of SBLHS.