SBL Style Form for Bibliography and Footnotes

Form prepared by Dr. K. Cukrowski            Rev. 9-05


Byrne, Brendan. Romans. Sacra Pagina 6. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1996.

D’Angelo, Mary Rose. “Women in Luke-Acts: A Redactional View.” Journal of Biblical Literature 109 (1990): 441-461.

Droge, A. J. “Apologetics, NT.” Pages 302-307 in vol. 1 of The Anchor Bible Dictionary. Edited by D. N. Freedman. 6 vols. New York: Doubleday, 1992.

McGrath, A. E. “Justification.” Pages 517-523 in Dictionary of Paul and His Letters. Edited by G. F. Hawthorne and R. P. Martin. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 1993.

Tannehill, Robert C. “Rejection by Jew and Turning to Gentiles: The Pattern of Paul’s Mission in Acts.” Pages 83-101 in Luke-Acts and the Jewish People. Edited by Joseph B. Tyson. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988.

Zither, A. B. “Romans.” No pages. Cited 1 May 2003. Online:

Footnotes or Endnotes

Below is standard form for a commentary (or book),[1] journal article,[2] an article in a multivolume Bible dictionary,[3] an article in a one-volume Bible dictionary,[4] a chapter in a book of collected essays,[5] and a web site.[6]

  • Subsequent citations from the same author and work can just include the author’s last name, a shortened title, and the page number(s) (e.g., Johnson, Acts, 354).
  • For all questions, see The SBL Handbook of Style. For instance, note the helpful listing of standard abbreviations for ancient and modern works (68-152).

[1] Brendan Byrne, Romans (SP 6; Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 1996), 252.

[2] Mary Rose D’Angelo, “Women in Luke-Acts: A Redactional View,” JBL 109 (1990): 441.

[3] A. J. Droge, “Apologetics, NT,” ABD 1:302.

[4] A. E. McGrath, “Justification,” DPL, 517.

[5] Robert C. Tannehill, “Rejection by Jew and Turning to Gentiles: The Pattern of Paul’s Mission in Acts,” in Luke-Acts and the Jewish People (ed. Joseph B. Tyson; Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1988), 83.

[6] A. B. Zither, “Romans,” n.p. [cited 1 May 2003]. Online: