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What follows is a list of abbreviations for books of the Bible, for use with OSIS and Sword as standard book IDs. The basis for most of these works is the SBL Handbook of Style. The intent of this list is to provide abbreviations for all texts considered by any extant Jewish or Christian sect to be a part of the Bible and for all texts included within significant historical works considered Bibles. Texts that are essentially sectarian in nature are not included in this list, though a work with recognized antiquity separate from the community that currently uses it may be included in this list even if only one sect currently recognizes it as biblical. Historical canon lists are also not considered authoritative for the purposes of this list. For the purposes of this list, historical works considered Bibles includes works of which there are numerous copies, such as the Vulgate or LXX, as well as important manuscripts, such as Codex Sinaiticus. While the SBL Handbook of Style provides most of the data included here, there are some ambiguities and omissions in its presentation. Ambiguities are clarified here primarily on the assumption that first mention is primary and preferential. Omissions are filled in by following practices illustrated in abbreviation of other books included by the SBL Handbook of Style and by reference to abbreviations in use by other parties. The decisions about what books should be considered canonical were made largely on the basis of Hans Peter Rüger's "The Extent of the Old Testament Canon", Paul Harvey's table of canons, Wikipedia's article on Biblical canon, and similar canon lists.
To the extent possible, Paratext abbreviations have been given for each book, based in large part on BFBS' data. However, many of the Paratext abbreviations given here are rare, deprecated, considered obsolete, or not formally standardized.
The sections marked with *, consisting of the Old & New Testaments, Apocrypha, and additional texts found in Rahlfs' LXX and the Vulgate, are the most common texts and those most likely to be encountered in documents, especially documents produced within Western church traditions. Books marked with a † are absent from the SBL Handbook of Style, so their abbreviations are synthesized.
Exhaustive though this document attempts to be, there are inevitably omissions which may be addressed in future versions. Lists of IDs for other, extra-biblical, books (pseudepigrapha, NT apocrypha, etc.) may be found elsewhere and may serve as an additional resource for Bibles with books not included here.
|osisID||Book Name||Alternate Names||Paratext Abbreviation|
|Old Testament* (39)|
|Song||Song of Solomon||Canticle of Canticles||SNG|
|New Testament* (27)|
|EsthGr||Greek Esther †||ESG|
|AddEsth||Additions to Esther||ADE|
|Wis||Wisdom||Wisdom of Solomon||WIS|
|SirP||Sirach Prologue †|
|EpJer||Letter of Jeremiah||||LJE|
|DanGr||Greek Daniel †||DAG|
|AddDan||Additions to Daniel|
|PrAzar||Prayer of Azariah||Song of the Three Children||S3Y|
|Bel||Bel and the Dragon||BEL|
|PrMan||Prayer of Manasseh||||MAN|
|AddPs||Psalm 151 †||||PS2|
|Rahlfs' LXX* (2)|
|PssSol||Psalms of Solomon||PSS|
|Rahlfs' variant books* (6)|
|JoshA||Joshua A †||||JSA|
|JudgB||Judges B †||||JDB|
|TobS||Tobit S †||||TBS|
|SusTh||Susanna θ †||||SST|
|DanTh||Daniel θ †||||DNT|
|BelTh||Bel and the Dragon θ †||||BLT|
|Vulgate & other later Latin mss* (6)|
|EpLao||Epistle to the Laodiceans||LAO|
|4Ezra||4 Ezra||Ezra Apocalypse||EZA|
|PrSol||Prayer of Solomon †||||PSO|
|PrJer||Prayer of Jeremiah †||PJE|
|Ethiopian Orthodox Canon/Ge'ez Translation Additions (7)|
|1En||1 Enoch||Ethiopic (Apocalypse of) Enoch||ENO|
|4Bar||4 Baruch||Paraleipomena Jeremiou||4BA|
|1Meq||1 Meqabyan †||1MQ|
|2Meq||2 Meqabyan †||2MQ|
|3Meq||3 Meqabyan †||3MQ|
|Armenian Orthodox Canon Additions (7/19)|
|EpCorPaul||Epistle of the Corinthians to Paul †||COP|
|WSir||Words of Sirach †||WSI|
|PrEuth||Prayer of Euthalius †||EUT|
|DormJohn||Dormition of John †||DOJ|
|JosAsen||Joseph and Asenath|||
|T12Patr||Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs (composed of:)|||
|T12Patr.TAsh||Testament of Asher|
|T12Patr.TBenj||Testament of Benjamin|
|T12Patr.TDan||Testament of Dan|
|T12Patr.TGad||Testament of Gad|
|T12Patr.TIss||Testament of Issachar|
|T12Patr.TJos||Testament of Joseph|
|T12Patr.TJud||Testament of Judah|
|T12Patr.TLevi||Testament of Levi|
|T12Patr.TNaph||Testament of Naphtali|
|T12Patr.TReu||Testament of Reuben|
|T12Patr.TSim||Testament of Simeon|
|T12Patr.TZeb||Testament of Zebulun|
|Peshitta/Syriac Orthodox Canon (3)|
|2Bar||2 Baruch||(Syriac) Apocalypse of Baruch||2BA|
|EpBar||Letter of Baruch †||||LBA|
|5ApocSyrPss||Additional Syriac Psalms||5 Apocryphal Syriac Psalms||PS3|
|JosephusJWvi||Josephus' Jewish War VI †|||
|Apostolic Fathers (19/22)|
|IgnEph||Ignatius to the Ephesians|
|IgnMagn||Ignatius to the Magnesians|
|IgnTrall||Ignatius to the Trallians|
|IgnRom||Ignatius to the Romans|
|IgnPhld||Ignatius to the Philadelphians|
|IgnSmyrn||Ignatius to the Smyrnaeans|
|IgnPol||Ignatius to Polycarp|
|PolPhil||Polycarp to the Philippians|
|MartPol||Martyrdom of Polycarp|
|Herm||Shepherd of Hermas (comprised of:)||||SHE|
|Herm.Mand||Shepherd of Hermas, Mandates|
|Herm.Sim||Shepherd of Hermas, Similitudes|
|Herm.Vis||Shepherd of Hermas, Visions|
|AposCreed||Apostles' Creed †|
|PapFrag||Fragments of Papias †|
|RelElders||Reliques of the Elders †|
|QuadFrag||Fragment of Quadratus †|
|PsMet||Metrical Psalms †||||PSB|
- Alexander, Patrick H. et al., eds., The SBL Handbook of Style: for Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and early Christian studies, (Peabody: Hendrickson, 1999), 74-84.
- Rüger, Hans Peter. "The Extent of the Old Testament Canon," in The Apocrypha in Ecumenical Perspective (ed. Siegfired Meurer; Reading: United Bible Societies, 1991), 151-60.
- Harvey, Paul. A Table of Canons of the Bible. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/history/tab.can.txt.
- Rees, Neil. Analysis of canonical issues in Paratext. British & Foreign Bible Society. http://lc.bfbs.org.uk/e107_files/downloads/canonicalissuesinparatext.pdf
- In the case of the book of Esther, the same abbreviation, "Esth", should be used for both versions from the Hebrew tradition and from the longer Greek text.
- (= Bar.6)
- (= Odes.14)
- This is the Latin Esdras which goes by various other names, consisting of 4Ezra, 5Ezra, and 6Ezra. Do not use this ID to refer to the LXX book that consists of Ezra and Neh.
- Because it ends in a number, the standard SBL abbreviation Ps151 is not a legal as a book name in Sword. Accordingly, AddPs is used in its stead, within Sword.
- Joshua from Cod. Alexandrinus (vs. Vaticanus)
- Judges from Cod. Vaticanus (vs. Alexandrinus)
- Tobit from Cod. Sinaiticus (vs. Vaticanus & Alexandrinus)
- Susanna from Theodotion (vs. LXX)
- Daniel from Theodotion (vs. LXX)
- Bel and the Dragon from Theodotion (vs. LXX)
- (= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.1-2Esd.2)
- (= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.3-2Esd.14)
- (= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.15-2Esd.16)
- (= Sir.52)
- These additions focus on the Narrower Canon of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church; its Wider Canon adds, besides the books listed here, 8 books to its New Testament only for the purpose of having an 81-book canon and are not included in any actual printed "Bibles". This list is based largely on: Mikre-Sellassie, G. A. 1993. "The Bible and Its Canon in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church." TBT 44/1:111-123. 
- (= Prov.25-Prov.31)
- Appears in 1269 Erznka Bible, others
- Appears in 1666 Oskan Bible, others(?)
- (= 2Bar.78-2Bar.86)
- SBL gives Josephus J.W. as the abbreviation for Jewish War. The addition of vi is to signify that this is only the 6th book of the Jewish War.
- Appears in Antonio Ceriani's Translatio Syra Peshitto and other editions, where it is identified as 5 Maccabees. SBL identifies 5 Maccabees as a different work, in Arabic.
- Appears in Cod. Vaticanus
- Appears in Cod. Vaticanus
- Appears in Cod. Hierosolymitanus
- Appears in Cod. Sinaiticus; Included in Cod. Claromontanus
- Appears in Cod. Sinaiticus; Included in Muratonian Fragment (worthiness affirmed but canonicity denied), Cod. Claromontanus
- Appears in Cod. Fuldensis; Latin language gospel harmony
- Alternate book of Psalms in poetic form