Note: Classical religious texts, like the Bible, do not require a citation in the reference list in APA style. However, you must include an in-text citation anytime you reference these texts in your writing.
When quoting or paraphrasing specific excerpts from the text, include the “relevant names and/or numbers of chapters/verses/lines” in your in-text citation (Lee, 2009).
The Bible extols the virtues of love; “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” (1 Cor. 13:4 New International Version).
Note: Remember, you only need to cite the version of the Bible used in the first general reference to or in-text citation of the source. In all other instances, leave it out.
Guide: How to cite a Religious text in APA style
Use the following template to cite a religious text using the APA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.
Key:Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the APA style.
Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.
Template:Title,. (Year Published) (p. Pages Used). City: Publisher.
Example:The Holy Bible NLT,. (1996). Wheaton Ill: Tyndale House Publishers Inc.
Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.