OSIS Book Abbreviations
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, 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)|
|AddEsth||Additions to Esther||ADE|
|Wis||Wisdom||Wisdom of Solomon||WIS|
|EpJer||Letter of Jeremiah (= Bar.6)||LJE|
|AddDan||Additions to Daniel|
|PrAzar||Prayer of Azariah||Song of the Three Children||S3Y|
|Bel||Bel and the Dragon||BEL|
|PrMan||Prayer of Manasseh (= Odes.14)||MAN|
|Rahlfs' LXX* (2)|
|PssSol||Psalms of Solomon||PSS|
|Rahlfs' variant books* (6)|
|JoshA||Joshua A||Joshua from Cod. Alexandrinus (vs. Vaticanus)||JSA|
|JudgB||Judges B||Judges from Cod. Vaticanus (vs. Alexandrinus)||JDB|
|TobS||Tobit S||Tobit from Cod. Sinaiticus (vs. Vaticanus & Alexandrinus)||TBS|
|SusTh||Susanna Th||Susanna from Theodotion (vs. LXX)||SST|
|DanTh||Daniel Th||Daniel from Theodotion (vs. LXX)||DNT|
|BelTh||Bel and the Dragon Th||Bel and the Dragon from Theodotion (vs. LXX)||BLT|
|Vulgate & other later Latin mss* (6)|
|EpLao||Epistle to the Laodiceans||LAO|
|5Ezra||5 Ezra||(= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.1-2Esd.2)||5EZ|
|4Ezra||4 Ezra||(= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.3-2Esd.14)||EZA|
|6Ezra||6 Ezra||(= Bible.NRSVA:2Esd.15-2Esd.16)||6EZ|
|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|
|Rep||Reproof||Tegsas/Tegsats/Taagsas (= Prov.25-Prov.31)||REP|
|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:)||(known from 1666 Oskan Bible)|
|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|
|2Bar||2 Baruch||(Syriac) Apocalypse of Baruch||2BA|
|EpBar||Letter of Baruch (= 2Bar.78-2Bar.86) †||LBA|
|5ApocSyrPss||Additional Syriac Psalms||PS3|
|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|
|PapFrag||Fragments of Papias|
|RelElders||Reliques of the Elders|
|QuadFrag||Fragment of Quadratus|
- 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. 
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.