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The footnotes from a study Bible are generally written by the person who composes the introduction to the book. This person's name can be found in the beginning of the book or at the front of the Bible. The notes should be cited like they come from an article written by the person in the edited volume that is the Bible. According to the Society of Biblical Literature: "In study Bibles such as The HarperCollins Study Bible or The New Oxford Annotated Bible, special articles and the notes (usually at the bottom of the page) are not part of the biblical text. Study notes are written by authors or editors whose names are included in the front matter of the study Bible. If these notes are cited, all the relevant information from the specific study Bible should be included" (SBL Supplement 1.2; see link below). The SBL gives the following examples:

3 Sophie Laws, “The Letter of James” in The HarperCollins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books (eds. Wayne A. Meeks et al.; New York: HarperCollins, 1993), 2269–70.

5 Laws, “James,” 2270.

Laws, Sophie. “The Letter of James.” Pages 2269–70 in The HarperCollins Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version, with the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books. Edited by Wayne A. Meeks et al. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. 

If you have further questions about citation, please contact a Pitts Reference Librarian.

The Supplement to the SBL Handbook of Style: http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/sblhs_ss92804_revised_ed.pdf

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