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Chicago Style Quick Guide


When citing the Bible, always include the book, chapter, and verse. Never cite page numbers. 

Specify which version or translation is being used in parentheses following the verse.  You may abbreviate the version after the first citation.



1. John 5:39-40 (New Revised Standard Version).

Subsequent Notes

2. John 14:6 (NRSV).


Not needed for Bible references


See Chicago Manual 14.238-240

Books of the Bible Abbreviations

Abbreviate books of the Bible in footnotes and endnotes:

Old Testament abbreviations

New Testament abbreviations

See Chicago Manual 10.45, 10.47