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The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies [Hardcover]

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The definitive resource for those publishing in Near Eastern, biblical, and Christian studies! Compiled by the Society of Biblical Literature and the editorial staff at Hendrickson Publishers, this comprehensive handbook covers author and editor responsibilities, general style issues, transliteration of ancient texts, and much more. It's sure to set the standard for publishing scholarly works in biblical studies.

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""The SBL Handbook of Style" is an astonishing book, a true 'one-stop' reference for authors preparing manuscripts in biblical studies and related fields. It covers an amazing range of topics, from what every literate scholar should know (but may not) to what only the most erudite expert in an obscure sub-field of the discipline would be likely to know. Do you need to know how to cite an internet publication? Whose job it is to prepare the index and secure permissions? How to alphabetize Abraham ibn Ezra (and why)? What the abbreviation "AAeg" stands for? It's all here. This volume should substantially reduce the incidence of tears and tantrums that so often beset the process of manuscript preparation. Before long biblical scholars will wonder how we ever got along without this indispensable reference work. Every graduate program should make "The SBL Handbook of Style" a required text."
-Carol A. Newsom, Professor of Old Testament, Emory University

" . . . A major service for the community of biblical scholars. This comprehensive but handy stylesheet, building on the base of the SBL guidelines, incorporates all that most authors and editors currently need to know about the technical dimensions of publishing activity, from commas and hyphens to abbreviations, from transliterations to forms of annotation. All that's left to authors is to come up with good ideas. All editors have to do is to learn what is here."
--Harold W. Attridge, Lillian Claus Professor of New Testament, Yale Divinity School

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  • American Reference Bks Annual - 01/01/2001 page 430

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Pages   280
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.53" Width: 7.22" Height: 0.88"
Weight:   1.63 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2000
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
Age  21
ISBN  156563487X  
ISBN13  9781565634879  

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Eccentric footnotes, but useful  Jun 28, 2007
Although I teach a seminary course on research and bibliography, I hesitate to fully recommend this book. The book is eccentric in placing editors, translators and other random information within the same parentheses normally reserved for publication information in footnotes.
This eccentric practice is different from all other standard systems.
I would recommend the new edition of Turabian (2007) for footnote style.
Of course if you are writing for SBL publications you will have to use the eccentric SBL style. Other parts of the book giving correct forms for abbreviation, spelling and capitalization are useful for those specializing in biblical and theological studies.
the go-to style guide for biblical scholars  Sep 4, 2006
As the premier North-American-based professional association of biblical scholars, the Society of Biblical Literature ('SBL') not only publishes the prestigious and tightly-edited Journal of Biblical Literature ('JBL'); its influence has a knock-on effect on other journals in this and ancillary fields.

Thus, the imperative of an authoritative 'SBL' style guide is obvious. Not so evident is how we lived without a full style guide for so many years until this superb collaborative project between SBL and Hendrickson Publishers emerged.

The editors have removed one of our last remaining excuses for sloppiness and inconsistency. I suppose we owe them our thanks ...
A Required Text!  Apr 22, 2005
This book must be on your shelf within easy reach if you are a graduate student of religion, a seminary student, or a scholar in the wide field of religion. Why? Because this book gives you the information you need to make your papers, articles, and books conform to the most used style in religious literature today--SBL.

In other words--student, when you see this on your recommended booklist for a religion class, buy it! It will help you make better grades! And, scholars, it will cut down editing time for submitting work for publication as well.

To put it colloquially, this book is the "Bible" of religious research!
The New Standard  Mar 16, 2000
This easy-to-use, inexpensive volume is a must-own for all who write in the fields of biblical and ancient near eastern studies. College and seminary students, graduate students, teachers, and researchers will find this book a fine substitute for Turabian and/or the CMOS for all but the most obscure situations. The discipline-specific nature of the work also allows greater depth of coverage without making it overlong. Get it today, or be behind the standard tomorrow.

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