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The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies Hardcover – November 1, 1999

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Patrick H. Alexander, John F. Kutsko, Ph.D., James D. Ernest, and Shirley A. Decker-Lucke comprise the editorial staff of Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, Massachusetts.

David L. Petersen, Ph.D., is Professor of Old Testament at Iliff School of Theology, Denver, Colorado, and Chair, SBL Research and Publications

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" . . . 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

"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 properly to alphabetize Abraham ibn Ezra (and why)? What the abbreviation AAeg stands for? It's all here. Written in a clear and often witty style, 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 formidable tool for the twenty-first century that will-and must-be on the desk of every author and editor in the biblical fields, for it combines the most relevant material from the general style manuals with the essentials for publishing on biblical literature broadly conceived."

--Eldon J. Epp, Harkness Professor of Biblical Literature, Emeritus Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences, Emeritus Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc. (November 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156563487X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565634879
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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!
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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.
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This book provides a clean guideline or standard to how scholarly books in the field of Near Eastern studies should be written. From citations to transliterations, everything you need to know for formatting your research is well documented in here.
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This handbook has surpassed my expectations in every respect. Unsatisfied with simply being straightforward and clear, it is complete to the point of exhaustion. It is clearly the definitive volume for its stated purpose.
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By Trev on January 24, 2014
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I think that this style guide is an essential tool for students and scholars in the many fields of biblical scholarship. It has a clear concise table of contents that allows the reader to quickly navigate to the relevant helps.

The paper is thick and will bear the weight of highlighters and pen markings which is always helpful for tools like this.
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If you have to buy this book, good luck on your thesis/dissertation. Keep a Turabian nearby, this won't answer all your questions, and Turabian is much more exhaustive...but this SBL Handbook does address all matters of Bibilical literature very well.
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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 ...
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