How to cite the Bible: a short introduction with examples

Some people quote the Bible so readily that it is practically a reflex action. (Christian preachers are the obvious example.) We have even have an idiomatic expression that serves as a reminder of the core information needed: “chapter and verse”. Of course, “book” is necessary too. And, for optimal results in an academic context, the “version” (because translation makes all the difference). This blogpost is a placeholder to help students (new specialists and non-specialists) work out how to cite the bible in academic writing–and how to fill gaps where key information is not provided. Examples are given in MHRA style.

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Postgraduate, Part I

After my first degree, I studied at the then Centre for the study of Jewish-Christian Relations (CJCR), now a part of the Woolf Institute, Cambridge. Before graduation, I had taken a paper on Responses to the Holocaust; it is an odd thing to say, but I wrote well on the subject. A combination of that, my acquisition of Biblical Hebrew, and an earlier study visit to Israel-Palestine (with the Council of Christians and Jews) took me onto postgraduate study.

“we were more The Choir than Great British Bake-Off.”

It was a formative year. Continue reading “Postgraduate, Part I”

Religious Education

In 2007, I gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Roehampton University, qualifying as a Religious Education specialist and subsequently working as a secondary school teacher in Sheffield. 

One of my mentors during my training combined her role in the R.E. department with a separate responsibility as “Head of LIFE”.   Continue reading “Religious Education”


Photograph of the Chapel at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. Credit: Mihnea Maftei. (CC 2.0)

To my undergraduate peers, I was a “Theologian”. This (and I guess still is) was the standard shorthand for those pursuing a degree in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge. It felt like an odd label, and only two of my fifteen module choices contained “Theology” in the title. Continue reading “Theologian”