List of SBL Abbreviations for Biblical Books

If this makes sense to you you’ll understand. If it doesn’t don’t worry about it:

NIV New International Version
KJV King James Version
NASB New American Standard Version
HB Hebrew Bible
LXX Septuagint
Vulg. Vulgate
Q Qumran
ch./chs. chapter/chapters
comm(s). commentary, commentaries
trans. Translator, translated by
v./vv. verse/verses
OT Old Testament
Gen Genesis
Exod Exodus
Lev Leviticus
Num Numbers
Deut Deuteronomy
Josh Joshua
Judg Judges
Ruth Ruth
1–2 Sam 1–2 Samuel
1–2 Kgdms 1–2 Kingdoms LXX
1–2 Kgs 1–2 Kings
1–3 Kgdms 3–4 Kingdoms LXX
1–2 Chr 1–2 Chronicles
Ezra Ezra
Neh Nehemiah
Esth Esther
Job Job
Ps/Pss Psalms
Prov Proverbs
Eccl (or Qoh) Ecclesiastes (or Qoheleth)
Song or (Cant) Song of Songs (Song of Solomon, or Canticles)
Isa Isaiah
Jer Jeremiah
Lam Lamentations
Ezek Ezekiel
Dan Daniel
Hos Hosea
Joel Joel
Amos Amos
Obad Obadiah
Jonah Jonah
Mic Micah
Nah Nahum
Hab Habakkuk
Zeph Zephaniah
Hag Haggai
Zech Zechariah
Mal Malachi

NT New Testament
Matt Matthew
Mark Mark
Luke Luke
John John
Acts Acts
Rom Romans
1–2 Cor 1–2 Corinthians
Gal Galatians
Eph Ephesians
Phil Philippians
Col Colossians
1–2 Thess 1–2 Thessalonians
1–2 Tim 1–2 Timothy
Titus Titus
Phlm Philemon
Heb Hebrews
Jas James
1–2 Pet 1–2 Peter
1–2–3 John 1–2–3 John
Jude Jude
Rev Revelation

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  1. Why is James abbreviated “Jas” — it always confused me? I would assume Jam… or Ja… Jam would make biblical studies more tasty.

  2. Thanks for posting this. I appreciate that many of the abbrevs don’t have periods! Also, it’s funny to see Qumran as Q… I thought that Q Source was abbreviated Q. Now I gotta go rewrite everything!

    • I live in West Virginia and I am SO GLAD to discover that the official way of abbreviating the state’s name is W.Va.

      … More classy way of abbreviation…

      and also, it better shows that we should still belong to Virginia! (I think Constitutionally, we have been breaking the law by not being Virginia… but I guess this comment opens up a big can of worms.)

  3. it’s all 2 much 4 me. 1 more thing to keep in mind. c u later.

    –FWA, MS, 39402

  4. Thank you! This was the quickest way to find the list, without looking at the SBL Handbook! I used the list in my dissertation. Greetings from the Netherlands (NL) 😉

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