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APA Style (American Psychological Association)

Bible: Citing in paper

How do I cite the Bible in my paper?

References section of a paper -- Religious works are all cited like books see section 10.2 in the APA manual, 7th ed. 


King James Bible. (2017). King James Bible Online. (original work published 1769).

The Qur'an (M.A.S. Abdel Haleem, Trans.) (2004). Oxford University Press.

In-text citations (see sections 8.28, 9.42, and Chapter 10 References in APA manual, 7th ed.)

Direct quote -- when directly quoting material with canonically numbered sections (religious or classical works), use the name of the book, chapter, verse, line, and/or canto instead of a page number. 


The person vowed to "set me as a seal upon thine heart" (King James Bible, 1769/2017, Song of Solomon 8:6) 

Source: Sections 8.28, 9.42 Religious and Classical Works, 10.2 #35 Religious work from Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.  

Religious Works -- APA info

Bible Commentaries -- AHU approved examples

Attached here are examples how to cite several religion reference sources here at AHU.

Citing Tools --- UpToDate, ChatGPT

Citing a source within a source

Information on citing a source you found in another source