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MLA Format Style Guide: Citing the Bible


1. Author

2. Title of Source

3. Title of Container

4. Other Contributors

5. Version

6. Number

7. Publisher

8. Publication Date

9. Location

Rules for Citing the Bible

When documenting scripture, provide an entry in the Works Cited list for the edition you consulted.  

The first time you borrow from a particular work, state in the in-text citation the element that begins the works cited entry.  Include in the citation the division of the work you used, rather than a page number.  Subsequent citations should provide the division numbers alone.


In one of the most vivid prophetic visions in the Bible, Ezekiel saw "what seemed to be four living creatures," each with the faces of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle (New Jerusalem Bible, Exek. 1.5-10). John of Patmos echoes this passage when describing his vision (Rev. 4.6-8).

Work Cited

The New Jerusalem Bible. General editor, Henry Wansbrough, Doubleday, 1985.

General terms such as "Bible" do not need to be italicized, but full and shortened titles of specific editions are italicized.