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How to Cite the Bible in an APA Format

by Sara Dailey, Demand Media

    The American Psychological Association style, used for writing in areas such as education, nursing and social sciences, has specific guidelines for citing classical works such as the Bible. According to the sixth edition of the “Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association,” no reference list entry is required when citing the Bible, though an in-text citation is.

    Reference List Entries

    No reference list entry for the Bible is necessary in APA format, as the sections are standardized across editions.

    In-Text Citations

    When citing the Bible in-text, identify in the first in-text citation which version you used. Since the parts of the Bible are numbered according to the same system across all editions, use these numbers instead of page numbers in the in-text citations when referring to specific parts of the Bible. The name of the specific book of the Bible can be abbreviated. For example, Gen. 1:1 (Revised Standard Version). Or, (Gen. 1:10 Revised Standard Version).

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    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association Sixth Edition: American Psychological Association

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    Sara Dailey has a B.S. and M.A in English, and a M.F.A in Poetry and has been publishing poems and essays since 1994. Her full-length collection, "Earlier Lives," is available from Dos Madres Press. She works as a teacher and editor in St. Paul.

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