The SBL Handbook of Style

Written by Patrick Alexander et al. Reviewed By Philip Johnston

The first quarter of this elegant volume builds on the Chicago Manual of Style and the JBL Instructions for Contributors. It gives advice on general matters of manuscript presentation, punctuation and bibliography, and on specific issues such as transliteration and transcription from all relevant ancient languages. The remainder consists of extremely useful, comprehensive lists of ancient and modern sources. Here two sections dominate: Secondary Sources (alphabetised by both name and abbreviation), and Texts from the Judean Desert (with every individual column or fragment listed). An important reference work for scholars, though perhaps for many a library copy will be sufficient.

Philip Johnston

Wycliffe Hall, Oxford