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APA Referencing - Education & Counselling students: Bible

This guide provides information on how to reference using the APA 6th and 7th edition publication style

How to reference the Bible (APA6)

Bible

According to the APA 6th edition Publication Manual, classical works such as the Bible should not be included in the reference list. Include an in-text citation that states the book, chapter and verse from the Bible you are referring to in your assignment. For the first citation you also need to state which version of the Bible you have cited. 

In-text reference

Initial citation:

The Bible enumerates these virtues: “Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Corinthians 13:13, New International Version).

OR

In 1 Corinthians 13:13 (New International Version), the Bible states that of the three virtues of faith, hope and love, love is the greatest.


Subsequent citation if using same version:

We are encouraged in the Bible to not be anxious about anything but to bring everything before God in prayer (Philippians 4:6-7).

OR

The Bibles teaches us in Philippians 4:6-7 to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

 

Multiple references in the same citation

Multiple references in the same citation

If citing multiple verses of the the Bible in one in-text citation, list the books in biblical order.

In-text reference

(Matthew 8:3, Luke 7:47, Luke 15:1-7, John 8:21, New International Version)


When inserting a a biblical reference and a non-biblical reference at the same point, use the same set of parentheses, list the references in alphabetical order and use a semi-colon to separate the biblical reference(s) from the text reference(s).

(John 13:35; Keller, 2010)

 

How to reference the Bible (APA7)

Bible

The Bible is treated as a book. The original year of publication is given, along with the publication year of the current version or reprinting. 

In-text reference

King James Bible (1769/2017)

OR

(King James Bible, 1769/2017)

OR

(King James Bible, 1769/2017, 1 Cor. 13:1)


Reference list

King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/ (Original work published 1769)

 

More information -- APA Style website 

 

 

 

 

 

Multiple references in the same citation (APA7)

Multiple references in the same citation

If citing multiple verses of the the Bible in one in-text citation, list the books in biblical order.

In-text reference

(The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1978, Matthew 8:3, Luke 7:47, Luke 15:1-7, John 8:21)


When inserting a a biblical reference and a non-biblical reference at the same point, use the same set of parentheses, list the references in alphabetical order and use a semi-colon to separate the biblical reference(s) from the text reference(s).

(The Holy Bible, New International Version, 1978, John 13:35; Keller, 2010)

 

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