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APA  |  MLA  |  Turabian  |  Chicago
 
Info on Citing Concordances and Bible Atlases ...

Note:    A Bible commentary is just a book and, as such, must be cited like the type of book it is. This can be an edited book full of articles by various authors, a book in a series, one volume of a multi-volume set, or a combination.  

Here are a few examples to help you cite your source. If the commentary you are using does not seem to fit any of these examples, please consult the appropriate style guide or stop by the Reference Desk.


APA        

 

A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)

  (Author of Chapter)
  Last Name, First Init. Middle Init.  (Date). Title of chapter. In Editorís Name (Ed.), Title of work: Vol. #. Name of  volume (Ed. #,  pp. #s). City of Pub.: Publisher.
   
    Example:
    Longenecker. R.N. (1981). Acts. In F. E. Gśbelein (Ed.), The expositorís Bible commentary with the new international version: Vol. 9. John and Acts (pp. 205-573). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see Section 7.02  (p. 204) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
 

Last Name, First Init. Middle Init. (Date). Title of commentary. In Name (Series Ed.), if applicable. Title of series (Edition, if applicable). City of Pub.: Publisher.

   
    Example:
    Enns, P. (2000). Exodus. In T. Muck (Series Ed.), The NIV application commentary series. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see Section 7.02 (p. 204) of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.
     

MLA

 

A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work  (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)

  (Author of Chapter)
  Last Name, First Name. ďTitle of Chapter.Ē Title of Commentary. Edition, if applicable. City of Pub.: Publisher, Year. Inclusive Page #s of chapter. Medium of Publication. Vol. # of Title of Work, Ed. Editor of Work.  # of vols. Inclusive publication dates.
   
    Example:
   

Longenecker, Richard N.  ďActs.Ē John and Acts. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981. 205-573.  Print.  Vol. 9 of The Expositorís Bible Commentary with the New International Version. Ed. Frank E. Gśbelein. 12  vols. 1976-92.

     
    *** For further information, see 5.5.6 (pp. 157-60) & 5.5.14 (pp. 168-70) of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
  Last Name, First Name. Title of Commentary. Ed. Name of Series Editor.  City of Pub.: Publisher, Year. Medium of Publication. Name of Series. Number in series, if available.
   
    Example:
    Enns, Peter. Exodus. Ed. Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000. Print. The NIV Application Commentary Ser.
     
    *** For further information, see 5.5.15 (pp. 170) of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed.
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Turabian

  Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):
   
  A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work  (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)
   
   (Author of Chapter)
   Author Last Name, First Name. ďTitle of Chapter,Ē In Title of Commentary. Vol. # of Title of  Work, edited by Editorís Name, inclusive page #s. City of Pub.: Publisher, Year.         
   
    Example:
   

Longenecker, Richard N. ďActs,Ē In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The Expositorís Bible Commentary with the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gśbelein, 205-573.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981.

     
    *** For further information, see 17.1.4 (pp. 171-72) & 17.1.8 (pp. 177-179) of the 7th edition of A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
          Last Name, First Name. Title of Commentary. Name of Series, edited by Series Editorís Name.  City of Pub.: Publisher, Year.
   
    Example:
    Enns, Peter. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series, edited by Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.
     
    *** For further information, see 17.1.5 (pp. 172-73) of the 7th edition of A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian.
     

  Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):
   
 

A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work  (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)

  (Author of Chapter)
  Author Last Name, First Name. Year. Title of chapter. In Title of commentary. Vol. # of Title of work, ed. Editor of Work, inclusive page #s. City of Pub.: Publisher.
   
   
    Example:
    Longnecker, Richard N. 1981. Acts. In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The expositorís Bible commentary with the new international version, ed. Frank E. Gśbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see 19.1.5 (p. 239) & 19.1.9 (pp. 244-246) of the 7th edition of A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
  Last Name, First Name. Year. Title of commentary. Name of Series, ed. Series Editorís Name.  City of Pub.: Publisher.
   
    Example:
    Enns, Peter. 2000. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series, ed. Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see 19.1.6 (p. 240) of the 7th edition of A Manual for Writers by Kate L. Turabian.
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Chicago

 

Bibliography Style (accompanies notes):

   
  A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work  (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)
   
  (Author of Chapter)
  Author Last Name, First Name. ďTitle of Chapter.Ē In Title of Commentary. Vol. # of Title of Work, edited by Editorís Name, inclusive page #s. City of Pub.: Publisher, Year.               
   
    Example:
    Longenecker, Richard N. ďActs.Ē In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The Expositorís Bible Commentary with the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gśbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1981.
     
    *** For further information, see 14.112, 14.127 & 14.130 (pp. 708, 713-15) of the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
   
  Last Name, First Name. Title of Commentary. Name of Series, edited by Series Editorís Name. City of Pub.: Publisher, Year.
   
    Example:
    Enns, Peter. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series, edited by Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2000.
     
   

*** For further information, see 14.128 & 14.130 (pp. 714-15) of the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.

     

 

Reference List Style (accompanies parenthetical references):

   
  A Chapter in an Edited Book in a Multi-Volume Work  (Such as the Expositorís Bible Commentary or New Interpreterís Bible.)
  (Author of Chapter)
  Author Last Name, First Name. Year. Title of Chapter. In Title of Commentary. Vol. # of Title of Work, edited by Editorís Name, inclusive page #s. City of Pub.: Publisher.
   
    Example:
     Longenecker, Richard N. 1981. Acts. In John and Acts. Vol. 9 of The Expositorís Bible Commentary with the New International Version, edited by Frank E. Gśbelein, 205-573. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see 15.9 & 15.39 (pp. 791, 804-5) of the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
     
  A Book in a Series (Such as the NIV Application Commentary, NICOT, or NICNT).
  Last Name, First Name. Year. Title of Commentary. Name of Series, edited by Series Editorís Name.  City of Pub.: Publisher.
   
    Example:
    Enns, Peter. 2000. Exodus. The NIV Application Commentary Series, edited by Terry Muck. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.
     
    *** For further information, see 14.128 & 14.129, 15.6 & 15.9 (pp.  714-15, 787-90) of the 16th edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.
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