The APA citation style officially does not require biblical references or sources taken from other well-known classical works to be included in your works cited page. However, your instructor may request APA bible citations to be included in your research paper, especially if you are writing an essay related to theological or religious studies.
Similarly, along with the Bible, citation entries in the works cited page are not necessarily required by the APA Handbook when you cite eminent ancient Greek or Roman literary texts. In the first in-text citation, however, you need to point out the version of the Bible that you used.
Please use the following APA citation format:
“Direct quote” (Book Chapter:Verse, Bible Version).
Below are some examples:
“If his offering is a sacrifice of peace offerings; if he offers it from the herd, whether male or female, he shall offer it without blemish before Yahweh” (Leviticus 3:1 American Standard Version).
“Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks in rebellion, and not after the tradition which they received from us.” (2nd Thessalonians 3:6).
Remember that you can also incorporate your APA bible citation as part of a sentence, for example:
… In Psalms 13:1 (New Revised Standard Version), in a chapter titled For the Chief Musician, David asks: “How long, Yahweh? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” …
As exemplified above, to include APA bible citations in the body of your text, when you first include a direct quote or a paraphrase you need to identify the version of the Bible form which you took your source. You do not need to identify the Bible version in the succeeding citations unless you use another version.
If you need more information and guidance in formatting your APA citations, consult our site for more examples. You are also welcome to use our works cited generator to automatically format your APA bible citations.