Answered By: Kevin Arms Last Updated: Aug 10, 2017 Views: 42
With MLA style, you need to cite the Bible two ways: in the text of your paper, and on your Works Cited page.
Citing the Bible in text (Parenthetical citation)
The first time you include a quote from the Bible, you need to include the translation, chapter (abbreviated), book, and verse, like this:
Paul urges Christians to "not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (New International Version, Rom. 12.2).
You do not need to identify the version in subsequent references unless you switch to a different version:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12.2).
"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect" (English Standard Version, Rom. 12.2).
Note: A period separates the chapter and verse.
On your works cited page, your citation should include the translation you used; the editor's name, if given; and the publication information. Examples are given below.
Printed Bibles (See bottom of page 38 of MLA Handbook)
The Holy Bible. New International Version, Zondervan, 1984.
Coogan, Michael D., editor. The New Oxford Annotated Bible. Oxford UP, 2007.
Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. NavPress, 2002.
Bible passages only need to be cited in the text of your paper; no reference list citation is required.