Answered By: Alison Gowers
Last Updated: Jan 24, 2018     Views: 13809

How you reference the Bible depends on the referencing style that you are required to use (please consult your lecturer).

Information about the University's approved referencing styles is available from the UNDA Referencing Guide via the Library website. Details about referencing the Bible can be found on the 'Religious & Classical Works' page of the relevant style.

Chicago Footnotes (used by the School of Philosophy and Theology)

References to Scriptures usually appear in footnotes rather than in bibliographies. The footnote reference should include the book (in Roman font and usually abbreviated), chapter, and versenever a page number. A colon is used between chapter and verse.

For example:

5.   Isa 55:2; 1 Cor 10:17; 2 Cor 9:10.

The complete Chicago Manual of Style Online is also available from the Library website, under eResources. Relevant sections include:

  • 10.46 Books of the Bible in text and notes
  • 10.47 Biblical abbreviations and short forms
  • 14.253 Bible chapter and verse
  • 14.254 Versions of the Bible.


Reference list entries are not required when you cite the Bible; all that is required is an in-text citation. 

For example:

"And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" (John 1:5 King James Version).

Besides the UNDA Referencing Guide, you can refer to the APA website below for more guidance. Each campus also has print copies of the APA Publication Manual available.


When you cite the Bible in the body of your work you do not need to add either a footnotes or an entry in your bibliography.

In the body of your work include the Book Chapter:Verse.  Version information should be included the first time you refer to a Biblical text from that version. You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version.

For example:

"And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it" John 1:5 (King James Version).


The laws of Moses as stated in Leviticus 19:15 are challenged by....

For other examples of citing religious texts in AGLC3 see