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Abbreviations for books of the Bible - Chicago Manual of Style

Abbreviations for books of the Bible  Chicago Manual of Style

Henry Buhl Library

Abbreviations for books of the Bible1

Chicago Manual of Style

(This alphabetical list includes traditional abbreviations and commonly used shorter forms. Note that the shorter forms include no periods. An equals sign indicates alternative names for the same books.)

Abbreviation:   Book:
Amos or Am   Amos
1 Chron. or 1 Chr   1 Chronicles
2 Chron. or 2 Chr   2 Chronicles
Dan. or Dn   Daniel
Deut. or Dt   Deuteronomy
Eccles. or Eccl   Ecclesiastes
Esther or Est   Esther
Exod. or Ex   Exodus
Ezek. or Ez   Ezekiel
Ezra or Ezr   Ezra
Gen. or Gn   Genesis
Hab. or Hb   Habakkuk
Hag. or Hg   Haggai
Hosea or Hos   Hosea
Isa. or Is   Isaiah
Jer. or Jer   Jeremiah
Job or Jb   Job
Joel or Jl   Joel
Jon. or Jon   Jonah
Josh. or Jo   Joshua
Judg. or Jgs   Judges
1 Kings or 1 Kgs   1 Kings
2 Kings or 2 Kgs   2 Kings
Lam. or Lam   Lamentations
Lev. or Lv   Leviticus
Mal. or Mal   Malachi
Mic. or Mi   Micah
Nah. or Na   Nahum
Neh. or Neh   Nehemiah
Num. or Nm   Numbers
Obad. or Ob   Obadiah
Prov. or Prv   Proverbs
Ps. (pl.Pss.) or Ps (pl. Pss)   Psalms
Ruth or Ru   Ruth
1 Sam. or 1 Sm   1 Samuel
2 Sam. or 2 Sm   2 Samuel
Song of Sol. or Sg   Song of Solomon (=Song of Songs)
Zech. or Zec   Zechariah
Zeph. or Zep   Zephaniah

The Apocrypha

Abbreviation: Book:
Bar. or Bar     Baruch
Ecclus. Ecclesiasticus (=Sirach)
1 Esd.   1 Esdras
2 Esd. 2 Esdras
Jth. or Jdt   Judith
1 Macc. or 1 Mc   1 Maccabees
2 Macc. or 2 Mc 2 Maccabees
  Pr. of Man.   Prayer of Manasses (=Manasseh)
Sir Sirach (=Ecclesiasticus)
Song of Three Children Song of the Three Holy Children
Sus.       Susanna
Tob. or Tb   Tobit
Ws  Wisdom (=Wisdom of Solomon)
Wisd. of Sol.  Wisdom of Solomon (=Wisdom)

The New Testament 

Abbreviation: Book:
Acts                                                    Acts of the Apostles
  Apoc.   Apocalypse (=Revelation)
Col. or Col Colossians
1 Cor. or 1 Cor 1 Corinthians
2 Cor. or 2 Cor 2 Corinthians
Eph. or Eph Ephesians
Gal. or Gal Galatians
Heb. or Heb  Hebrews
James or Jas James
John or Jn John (Gospel)
1 John or 1 Jn 1 John (Epistle)
2 John or 2 Jn 2 John (Epistle)
3 John or 3 Jn   3 John (Epistle)
Jude  Jude
Luke or Lk Luke
Mark or Mk  Mark
Matt. or Mt  Matthew
1 Pet. or 1 Pt  1 Peter
2 Pet. or 2 Pt 2 Peter
Philem. or Phlm Philemon
Phil. or Phil Philippians
Rev. or Rv Revelation (=Apocalypse)
Rom. or Rom Romans
1 Thess. or 1 Thes 1 Thessalonians
2 Thess. or 2 Thes 2 Thessalonians
1 Tim. or 1 Tm  1 Timothy
2 Tim. or 2 Tm 2 Timothy
Titus or Ti  Titus

Versions and sections of the Bible 

Abbreviation: Book:
  Apoc.   Apocrypha
  ARV   American Revised Version
  ASV   American Standard Version
  AT   American Translation
  AV    Authorized (King James) Version
  CEV   Contemporary English Version
  DV    Douay Version
  ERV   English Revised Version
  EV                     English version(s)
  HB   Hebrew Bible
  JB   Jerusalem Bible
  LXX   Septuagint
  MT   Masoretic Text
  NAB   New American Bible
  NEB   New English Bible
  NJB   New Jerusalem Bible
  NRSV   New Revised Standard Version
  NT   New Testament
  OT   Old Testament
  RV   Revised Version
  RSV   Revised Standard Version
  Syr.   Syriac
  Vulg.   Vulgate
  WEB   World English Bible

 1Information taken from The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed., 2010, sections 10.45 - 51 pp. 510 - 514

Updated:  05/27/2014
© Henry Buhl Library Grove City College 2010


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