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Biblical Commentaries

Citing Commentaries in SBL

§6.4.9 (page 102): Bible Commentaries

Definition: A stand-alone commentary in a titled series; e.g., a commentary in the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT), or in the Word Biblical Commentary (WBC). Series abbreviations can be found here.

First footnote:

8. Douglas J. Moo, The Epistle to the Romans, NICNT (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996), 106.

Subsequent footnote:

13. Moo, Romans, 110.


Moo, Douglas J. The Epistle to the Romans. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1996.


§6.2.23 (page 90): A Chapter within a Titled Volume in a Multivolume Work

Definition: A multivolume commentary set where multiple commentaries with different authors are found within each volume; e.g., The Expositor's Bible Commentary, The New Interpreter's Bible, and The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary.

First footnote:

8. Richard B. Hays, "Galatians," in The New Interpreter's Bible, ed. Leander E. Keck (Nashville: Abingdon, 1994-2004), 11:215.

Subsequent footnote:

13. Hays, "Galatians," 239.


Hays, Richard B. "Galatians." Pages 181-348 in vol. 11 of The New Interpreter's Bible. Edited by Leander E. Keck. Nashville: Abingdon, 1994-2004.


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