Book Abbreviation List

Bible book abbreviations are standardized in the NABRE. The official list of abbreviations is available here for download in Microsoft Word and plain text files.

NABRE Book Abbreviations List

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Duplicate Footnotes

There are instances in which a single footnote is referenced by two or more in-text sigla. When typesetting, the same reference symbol needs to be used for these multiple instances. The note itself may only appear once per page. If the in-text sigla appear on two separate pages, the footnote must appear on both pages.

When making the effort to eliminate duplicate footnotes in printed editions, it is important to take into account the relettering or renumbering of the note sigla as well as corresponding adjustments to the chapter-verse citations at the beginning of the footnote. See Scribe’s Deduping Procedure for some tips to help this process go more smoothly. If you require assistance with this process, Scribe can help; please contact bibles@scribenet.com.

Multiple footnote references in same verse that go to same note

Psalms  
Ps 4:5 fnrefs after “Tremble” and “weep bitterly” go to same fn
Ps 8:3 fnrefs after “infants,” “bulwark,” and “avenger” go to same fn
Ps 9:17 fnrefs after verse number and “Selah” go to same fn
Ps 15:1 fnrefs after “tent” and “mountain” go to same fn
Ps 22:13–14 fnrefs after “Many bulls” and “Bashan” go to same fn
Ps 23:5 fnrefs after verse number, “enemies,” and “oil” go to same fn
Ps 60:8 fnrefs after verse number and “Succoth” go to same fn
Ps 60:10 fnrefs after verse number and “sandal” go to same fn
Ps 69:10 fnrefs after “me” and “you” go to same fn
Ps 75:9 fnrefs after “cup” and “spiced” go to same fn
Ps 80:12 fnrefs after “sea” and “river” go to same fn
Ps 81:7 fnrefs after “burden” and “basket” go to same fn (NOT the fnref after verse number, though; that has a separate note)
Ps 91:1 fnrefs after “High” and “Almighty” go to same fn
Ps 110:1 fnrefs after “lord” and “footstool” go to same fn
Ps 132:6 fnrefs after “Ephrathah” and “Jaar” go to same fn
Ps 133:3 fnrefs after “dew” and “Hermon” go to same fn
Ps 139:9 fnrefs after “dawn” and “sea” go to same fn
Ps 141:2 fnrefs after “incense” and “hands” go to same fn

Same note text that appears in multiple places

2 Kings  
2 Kgs 15:5 fnref after “People of the land” goes to note starting with that text
2 Kgs 21:24 fnref after “People of the land” goes to note starting with that text
2 Kgs 23:6 fnref after “People of the land” goes to note starting with that text
2 Kgs 24:14 fnref after “People of the land” goes to note starting with that text
2 Kgs 25:19 fnref after “People of the land” goes to note starting with that text
Job  
Job 36:29 fnref after verse number goes to note “The translation of these verses is uncertain”
Job 37:12 fnref after verse number goes to note “The translation of these verses is uncertain”
Psalms  
Ps 48:1 fnref after “Korahites” goes to note starting with that text
Ps 49:1 fnref after “Korahites” goes to note starting with that text
Ps 57:1 fnref after “Do not destroy” goes to note starting with that text
Ps 58:1 fnref after “Do not destroy” goes to note starting with that text
Ps 59:1 fnref after “Do not destroy” goes to note starting with that text
Wisdom  
Wis 10:4 fnref after “righteous man” goes to note “Noah”
Wis 14:6 fnref after “on a raft” goes to note “Noah”
Revelation  
Rev 19:9 fnref after “Blessed” goes to note starting with that text
Rev 22:7 fnref after “Blessed” goes to note starting with that text

Ben Sira Footnotes

The following footnotes in Ben Sira must be differentiated from others in that book. If asterisks are being used for footnote sigla by default, use the dagger (†) for these notes. If using different sigla for each successive footnote on the same page (e.g., *, †, ‡, and so on), use a unique siglum for these notes.

  • Sir 1:4
  • Sir 1:6
  • Sir 1:12
  • Sir 1:18
  • Sir 3:18
  • Sir 10:20
  • Sir 11:14 (second note, beginning with “Other ancient texts . . .”)
  • Sir 13:13
  • Sir 16:14
  • Sir 17:4
  • Sir 17:15
  • Sir 17:17 (second note, beginning with “Other ancient texts . . .”)
  • Sir 17:20
  • Sir 18:2
  • Sir 19:17
  • Sir 19:20 (second note, beginning with “Other ancient texts . . .”)
  • Sir 20:31
  • Sir 22:6 (second note, beginning with “Other ancient texts . . .”)
  • Sir 23:27
  • Sir 24:17
  • Sir 24:23 (second note, beginning with “Other ancient texts . . .”)
  • Sir 25:11
  • Sir 26:18

Out of Chapter Verse Numbers

These verses are placed in the chapter before or after the chapter they “belong” to and should have the chapter number and a colon before the superscript verse number.

  • Job 10:1
  • Wisdom 12:1
  • Daniel 11:1
  • John 7:53

Tertiary Indents

A tertiary indent is a third level of indentation; it should not indent as far as the text wrap of regular poetry turnovers. Following is a list of verses in which tertiary indents appear in the NABRE.

Matthew    
Mt 6:10 on earth as in heaven sl2
Mt 6:12 as we forgive our debtors sl2
Mt 6:13 but deliver us from the evil one sl2l
Mt 13:15 they have closed their eyes sl2
Mt 13:15 lest they see with their eyes sl2
Mt 21:5 and on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden sl2l
Luke    
Lk 4:18 to bring glad tidings to the poor sl2
Lk 4:18 to let the oppressed go free sl2
Acts    
Acts 2:18 and they shall prophesy sl2
Acts 2:19 blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke sl2
Acts 2:20 before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord sl2
Acts 4:26 against the Lord and against his anointed sl2l
Acts 7:43 the images that you made to worship sl2
Acts 7:49 says the Lord sl2
Acts 8:32 so he opened not his mouth sl2
Acts 8:33 For his life is taken from the earth sl2l
Acts 28:27 they have closed their eyes sl2
Romans    
Rom 3:11 there is no one who seeks God sl2
Rom 3:12 [there is not] even one sl2
Philippians    
Phil 2:8 becoming obedient to death, sl2
Phil 2:8 even death on a cross. sl2
Hebrews    
Heb 3:8 in the day of testing in the desert sl2
Heb 3:9 and saw my works sl2
Heb 3:10 and I said, “They have always been of erring heart” sl2
Heb 3:10 and they do not know my ways sl2
Heb 3:11 They shall not enter into my rest sl2l

Tables

There are five tables throughout the text. The correct rendering should be verified for each:

  • Genesis 1:1–2:3, footnote
  • Ezra, introduction
  • Esther, introduction
  • Proverbs 8:1–36, footnote
  • Prov 24:23–24, footnote

Hyphenation

The Bible contains many names for which a typesetting program may not have correct hyphenation settings. See Scribe’s Bible Hyphenation list for guidance on how certain words should hyphenate. IDTT files downloaded from this website also include a hyphenation dictionary that can be loaded into InDesign.

Special Characters

The following special characters appear in the NABRE:

  • × à â é ê î ô û ā ē ĕ ī ō ś š Š ḥ ṣ ṭ † ′

Following is a list of instances in which these special characters appear throughout the NABRE. (The dagger “†” only appears in footnote sigla in Ben Sira. See the section above for additional info.)

Front Matter

 
Collaborators Barré acute over e (appears three times)
Collaborators Buggé acute over e (appears three times)

Old Testament

Genesis
Introduction, second paragraph tōledôt macron over first o, circumflex over second o
Gn 1:26, footnote ’ādām closing single quote at start of word, macron over both as
Gn 4:16, footnote nûd circumflex over u
Gn 6:15, footnote 440 × 73 × 44 feet multiplication signs
Gn 29:1–14, footnote (C′) . . . (B′) . . . (A′) single primes
Exodus
Ex 3:14, footnote egō eimi ho ōn, macron over o in first and last words (but no accent in “ho”)
Ex 3:14, footnote ōn being the participle macron over o
Leviticus
Lv 2:1, footnote sōlet macron over o
Lv 3:1, footnote vis-à-vis grave over a
Lv 4:3, footnote ḥiṭṭē’ subdot under h and both ts, macron over e, closing single quote at end of word
Lv 5:15, footnote ‘erkĕkā opening single quote at start of word, breve over second e, macron over a
Lv 13:1—14:57, footnote ṣāra‘at subdot under s, macron over first a, opening single quote before third a (appears three times)
Lv 16:2, footnote kappōret macron over o
Lv 16:29, footnote ’innâ nephesh closing single quote before first word, circumflex over a
Lv 17:7, footnote śe‘îrîm acute over s, opening single quote before first i, circumflex over both is
Joshua
Jos 3:13, footnote nēd macron over e
Jos 15:2, footnote ’el lisân closing single quote before word, circumflex over a
1 Kings
Introduction, third paragraph coup d’état closing single quote after d, acute over e
1 Kgs 11:14, footnote śatan acute over s
1 Kgs 21:3, footnote naḥalah subdot under first h (appears twice)
Nehemiah
Neh 2:10, footnote Wadi ed-Dâliyeh circumflex over a
Proverbs
Prov 6:27–29, footnote ’îsh closing single quote before word, circumflex over i (appears twice)
Prov 6:27–29, footnote ’ishshâ closing single quote before word, circumflex over a
Prov 6:27–29, footnote ’ēsh closing single quote before word, macron over e (appears twice)
Prov 8:30, footnote ’āmôn closing single quote before word, macron over a, circumflex over o (appears twice)
Prov 8:30, footnote ummānu macron over a
Prov 26:26, footnote ś’n acute over s, closing single quote before n
Prov 26:26, footnote mś’n acute over s, closing single quote before n
Prov 31:27, footnote ṣopiyyâ subdot under s, circumflex over a
Book of Wisdom
Wis 3:7, footnote episkopē macron over second e
Wis 7:22b–23, footnote 7 × 3 multiplication sign
Wisdom of Ben Sira
Sir 1:23–24, footnote kaīros macron over i
Sir 14:3–10, footnote qaṭan subdot under t
Prophetic Books
Introduction, fourth paragraph nĕbî’îm breve over e, circumflex over both is, closing single quote before second i
Isaiah
Is 65:11, footnote menî and manîthî circumflex over is
Ezekiel
Ez 37:9, footnote rûah circumflex over u (appears twice)
Daniel
Dn 4:5, footnote Balāṭ-šu-uṣur macron over a, subdot under t, caron over first s, subdot under second s
Dn 4:24, footnote ṣidqâ subdot under s, circumflex over a
Hosea
Hos 13:15, footnote yaphrî’ circumflex over i
Malachi
Introduction, first paragraph mal’ākî closing single quote after l, macron over second a, circumflex over i (appears twice)

New Testament

Matthew
Mt 1:21, footnote Iēsous macron over e
Mt 2:23, footnote nēser macron over first e
Mt 2:23, footnote nāzîr macron over a, circumflex over i
Mt 5:3, footnote ’anāwîm closing single quote before word, macron over second a, circumflex over i
Mt 5:22, footnote rēqā’ macron over e, macron over a, closing single quote at end of word
Mt 5:22, footnote rēqâ macron over e, circumflex over a
Mt 5:22, footnote gê-hinnōm circumflex over e, macron over o
Mt 5:22, footnote gê ben-hinnōm circumflex over first e, macron over o
Mt 5:47, footnote perisseuō macron over o
Mt 6:1–18, footnote apechō macron over o
Mt 13:3, footnote parabolē macron over e
Mt 13:3, footnote māshāl macron over both as
Mt 16:18, footnote kēpā’ macron over e, macron over a, closing single quote at end of word; this word appears three times in the footnote, once capitalized (kēpā’ twice and Kēpā’ once)
Mt 16:18, footnote Kēphas macron over e
Mt 16:18, footnote ekklēsia macron over second e
Mt 16:18, footnote Hadēs macron over e
Mt 17:4, footnote skēnē macron over both es
Mt 18:20, footnote Pirqê ’Abôt circumflex over e and o
Mt 19:4–6, footnote bāśār macron over both as, acute over s
Mt 26:39, footnote ’abbā’ macron over second a, closing single quotes at start and end of word
Mark
Mk 6:3, footnote ’āh closing single quote before word, macron over a
Mk 14:36, footnote ’abbā’ macron over second a, closing single quotes at start and end of word
Mk 15:1, footnote poieō macron over second o
Luke
Lk 2:11, footnote māšîaḥ macron over first a, caron over s, circumflex over i, subdot under h
Lk 12:59, footnote kodrantēs macron over e
John
Jn 1:14, footnote monogenēs macron over second e
Jn 1:18, footnote monogenēs macron over second e
Jn 1:41, footnote māšîaḥ macron over first a, caron over s, circumflex over i, subdot under h
Jn 1:42, footnote Bariōna macron over o
Jn 2:1—6:71, footnote sēmeion macron over first e
Jn 2:1—6:71, footnote sēmeia macron over first e
Jn 3:3, footnote anōthen macron over o
Jn 3:8, footnote rûah circumflex over u
Jn 4:11, footnote ’adônai closing single before word, circumflex over o
Jn 5:2, footnote bêt-’ešdatayīn circumflex over first e, closing single quote after hyphen, caron over s, macron over i
Jn 9:22, footnote mînîm circumflex over is
Jn 11:41, footnote ’abbā’ macron over second a, closing single quotes at start and end of word
Jn 12:13, footnote lûlāb circumflex over u, macron over a
Jn 12:25, footnote psychē macron over e
Jn 14:27, footnote šālôm caron over s, macron over a, circumflex over o
Jn 15:13, footnote agapaō macron over o
Jn 15:13, footnote phileō macron over o
Acts
Acts 16:20, footnote stratēgoi macron over e
Romans
Rom 1:1–7, footnote šālôm caron over s, macron over a, circumflex over o
Rom 1:1–7, footnote eirēnē macron over second and third es
1 Corinthians
1 Cor 3:1, footnote psychē macron over e
1 Cor 3:1, footnote anthrōpoi macron over first o
1 Cor 8:1—11:1, footnote oikodomē macron over e
1 Cor 11:7–9, footnote eikōn macron over o
1 Cor 11:29–32, footnote krinō macron over o
1 Cor 11:29–32, footnote diakrinō macron over o
1 Cor 11:29–32, footnote katakrinō macron over o
1 Cor 12:4–6, footnote energēmata macron over third e
1 Cor 14:23–25, footnote idiōtai macron over o
1 Cor 15:21–22, footnote ’ādām closing single quote at start of word, macron over both as
1 Cor 15:42–44, footnote psychē macron over e
1 Cor 15:45, footnote ’ādām closing single quote at start of word, macron over both as
1 Cor 15:45, footnote psychē macron over e
2 Corinthians
2 Cor 1:3, footnote paraklēsis macron over e
2 Cor 3:12, footnote parrēsia macron over e
2 Cor 5:13, footnote sōphrosynē macron over first o, macron over e
2 Cor 6:16c–18, footnote Pantokratōr macron over second o
2 Cor 8:2, footnote dokimē macron over e
2 Cor 8:2, footnote haplotēs macron over e
2 Cor 8:7, footnote spoudē macron over e
2 Cor 10:1—13:10, footnote a b c b′ a′ single prime after second b and second a
2 Cor 10:13, footnote kanōn macron over o
2 Cor 11:5, footnote egō macron over o
2 Cor 11:20, footnote lambanō macron over o
2 Cor 13:5–9, footnote dokimē macron over e
Galatians
Gal 3:15–18, footnote diathēkē macron over both es
Gal 3:24–25, footnote paidagōgos macron over first o
Ephesians
Eph 3:14–15, footnote patēr macron over e
Eph 4:13, footnote anthrōpos macron over first o
Eph 4:13, footnote anēr macron over e
Eph 4:17–24, footnote anthrōpos macron over first o
1 Thessalonians
1 Thes 2:7, footnote nēpioi macron over e
1 Thes 2:7, footnote ēpioi macron over e
2 Thessalonians
2:1–17, footnote katechōn (the one who restrains) macron over o. Note: katechon with no accent appears in this note too; only the word before “(the one who restrains)” has an accent.
1 Timothy
Introduction, first paragraph gnōsis macron over o
1 Tm 6:20–21, footnote gnōsis macron over o
Philemon
Phlm 7, footnote paraklēsis macron over e
Phlm 8, footnote parrēsia macron over e
Phlm 13, footnote diakoneō macron over second o
Hebrews
Heb 9:5, footnote hilastērion macron over e
Heb 9:16–17, footnote diathēkē macron over both es
Heb 9:28, footnote anapherō macron over o
Heb 11:19, footnote parabolē macron over e (appears twice)
1 Peter
Introduction, third paragraph paraklēsis macron over e
1 Pt 5:13, footnote ekklēsia macron over second e
2 Peter
2 Pt 1:1, footnote Šim‘ôn caron over S, opening single quote after m, circumflex over o
Revelation
Rev 18:13, footnote amōmon macron over first o

Design Considerations

  • • The NABRE Board of Control has unanimously approved a new guideline regarding the publication of the NABRE. As of July 1, 2011, red-letter editions of the NABRE are prohibited. No edition is permitted that structurally highlights Jesus’ words, so there will be no red-letter editions or any other special rendering of this content.
  • • Review vertical spacing of heads for consistency.
  • • Review spacing around italic f and j of note reference letters.
  • • Ps 55:9: the numeral for verse 9 should align on the left with the other verse numbers, but the text should indent farther, as if a runover of the previous verse.
  • • Review hair spaces between quotation marks in the sequence double-single-double.
  • • Spot-check against at least the last two lists of errata.
  • • The ScML style “ob” signifies quoted biblical text within a footnote. Verify correct rendering of instances in which “ob” text also includes the tetragrammaton, words with small caps, or italicized words (tetr-ob, sm-ob, ob-i).
  • • The ScML paragraph styles “bh,” “bhaft,” “bk1,” “bk,” “bksect,” “cn,” “dt,” “dtsub,” “pt,” and “sh” contain the character style “ac” for all caps. It is recommended that licensees enable all caps in these instances, though it is ultimately left to their discretion.
  • • a.m. and p.m. are lowercase. If you would like them in small caps as well, that is a design choice you can make.
  • • Review footnote markers; symbols used are InDesign’s symbols for automated footnotes.
  • • In footnote to Ben Sira 26:18, “ntsl” (footnote poetry) lines without verse numbers (“Happy is the husband of a good wife” and “And every person who lives like this”) should indent the proper amount to match the “ntsl” text that contains verse numbers.
  • • See Scribe’s Bible QC checklist for aspects to review in all Bible designs and typesets.

Word and Character Counts

Word and character counts are available here for download as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Included are counts for the full Bible text as well as breakdowns for front matter, Old Testament, New Testament, section introductions, book introductions, footnotes, and cross-references.

NABRE Word and Character Counts

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