Presentation of manuscripts
All manuscripts submitted for publication in JSP should be in grammatical, idiomatic English, consistently employing gender-inclusive language. They should be delivered as a Microsoft Word file (or, if in WordPerfect, in RTF), using the prescribed fonts (see below for more information) for any text in Hebrew or Greek or transliterations of these languages.
Files should be complete, including all necessary bibliographical details, illustrations, maps, charts and tables and the text double-spaced.
Submitted articles should be sent as email attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org., or posted on a diskette, zip disk or CD-Rom to Dr Loren Stuckenbruck, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., P.O. Box 821, Princeton, New Jersey 08542-0803, U.S.A addressed to The Editor, JSP. A short abstract of 50-150 words and up to five keywords MUST be supplied with your article.
True abbreviations should end with a full-stop (period), but contractions should not: e.g. repr.; but edn, Mr, Jr, etc. Plural abbreviations are not regarded as contractions. Thus: chs., eds., etc. Common abbreviations such as ms, rsv, bc, ad, should not be punctuated (we prefer BCE, CE). State names are PA, CT, etc. A reference list of house style abbreviations for journals and for biblical and non-biblical sources can be found on this web page.
When quoting biblical references, please give full chapter and verse numbers (do not use ff.).
Gen., Exod., Lev., Num., Deut., Josh., Judg., Ruth, 1 Sam., 2 Sam., 1 Kgs, 2 Kgs, 1 Chron., 2 Chron., Ezra, Neh., Ps., (pl Pss.), Prov., Eccl. (or Qoh.), Song (or Cant.), Isa., Jer., Lam., Ezek., Dan., Hos., Joel, Amos, Obad., Jon., Mic., Nah., Hab., Zeph., Hag., Zech., Mal.
Mt., Mk., Lk., Jn, Acts, Rom., 1 Cor., 2 Cor., Gal., Eph., Phil., Col., 1 Thess., 2 Thess., 1 Tim., 2 Tim., Tit., Phlm., Heb., Jas., 1 Pet., 1 Jn, 2 Jn, 2 Jn, Jude, Rev.
Punctuation and Style
The opening paragraph under a heading should begin flush with the left margin.
Quotations should be enclosed in single quotation marks, double quotation marks being used for quotations within a quoted sentence. A closing quote comes before the closing punctuation of a sentence unless the sentence began within the quotation. For example, Jones maintains that 'there is no case for a "Son of Man" title in Judaism. It rests on a misunderstanding.' Quotations should follow the exact form of the original, including, for example, spellings, punctuation and style of citation for biblical texts even if they deviate from SAP house style. Any material inserted into the quotation by the author citing the material is to be included within square brackets, round brackets (parentheses) being reserved for parenthetical material within the quotation itself.
For possessives of proper names ending in s or another sibilant, add 's, e.g. Childs's Introduction, Jones's views (exceptions: ancient and modern names ending in an 'eez' sound, such as Sophocles').
Roman numerals should normally be used only for volume numbers of modern books (numbers of journal issues should be Arabic).
Foreign words and phrases, except very common ones, should be italicized: thus redaktionsgeschichtlich, enfant terrible, but e.g., per se, etc.
In sequences of biblical and bibliographical references, chapter and book divisions should be marked by a semi-colon:
Gen. 3.1, 7, 8; 14.6; 24.4; Exod. 3.17; etc.
The words chapter and verse in biblical references are abbreviated to ch. (chs.) and v. (vv.), except at the beginning of a sentence, where they should be written out in full.
Fonts and Foreign Languages
Please use the fonts available on the SBL website (ftp:/ftp.sbl-site2.org/fonts/).
These are SPTiberian for Hebrew, SPIonic for Greek, SPAtlantis for transliteration and SPEdessa for Syriac. These fonts are free, publicly available and suitable for either Macs or PCs.
A consistent policy regarding Hebrew and Greek should be employed: i.e. either transliteration according to house style or the use of Hebrew and Greek fonts. Please keep any use of Hebrew/Greek/Syriac words to the minimum necessary. Greek should be accented, but Hebrew does not need pointing unless this is vital to the sense. Check for quotations from other languages (e.g. German, French): if these are in the main text, a translation is needed, either to replace the original, or as a footnote where the original is retained.
Notes on Footnote and Bibliography Style
Social-science style is to be employed, and information must include the place and name of publishers, complete page numbers of articles, subtitles of books, and any series to which a book belongs. Bibliographical references in the body of the essay should not be footnoted but included in the main text:
e.g. (Brown 1995)
(Brown 1995: 23-25)
(Brown 1995: 230 n.2)
(Brown 1995: Pl.10)
(Brown 1995: Ch.3)
(Brown 1995: II, 231)
(Brown 1995: vol.2) [if the whole volume is being referred to]
(BDB, 61) [no colon is used if no date is given]
Several works by the same author are cited by date only, the dates being separated by commas; when the page numbers are given, the year dates are separated by semicolons:
(Jones 1963, 1972a, 1986)
(Jones 1963a: 10; 1972; 1986: 123)
(Jones 1963a; 1972a: 156; Smith 1982)
Footnotes may be used in author-date style, especially if there is too much material to include conveniently within the text without breaking up its flow.
The example below shows the form of the footnote if the author-date reference is included in a sentence:
Smith (1982: 145) should be consulted for details.
Bibliographical layout is as follows:
Jones, A. 1980 On Consistency (Harvard Bibliographic Series, 9; 2 vols.;Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2nd edn).
Second Thoughts on Consistency (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
1986a'Second Thoughts: An Addendum', Journal of Bibliographic Research 30: 12-21.
1986b'Second Thoughts: A Further Addendum', Journal of Bibliographic Research 30: 332-45.
Green, W.S. (ed.) 1981 Approaches to Ancient Judaism (BJS, 9; Chico, CA: Scholars Press).
Lichtenberg, H., and P. Smith 1980 'Atonement and Sacrifice in the Qumran Community', in W.S. Green (ed.), Approaches to Ancient Judaism (BJS, 9; Chico, CA: Scholars Press): 159-71.
Charlesworth, James H. (ed.) 1983, 1985 The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (2 vols.; London: Darton, Longman & Todd).
The order of entries is by year; if there is more than one item from the same year, the dates are labelled a, b, c, etc. (e.g. 1963a, 1963b).
The original date of publication of a volume may be included in square brackets after the new date, e.g.: Weiss, Meir 1984  The Bible from Within: The Method of Total Interpretation (Jerusalem: Magnes).
You should ensure that you are consistent in their scheme of levels of headings.
We normally have three levels of headings and we ask that authors should follow this, where possible.
Either British spelling (for British and non-American contributors) or American spelling (for American contributors only) should be used. Please do not mix spelling conventions.
Note also the following conventions: judgment, acknowledgment, abridgment,
etc.; -ize rather than -ise, except in the case of certain words that must be spelled (in British spelling) with -ise e.g. advertise, compromise, enterprise, prise, advise, exercise.
If there are any illustrations to be used, please ensure that these are always provided in electronic copy. Graphics other than tables should not be embedded in the document, but sent in a separate file (as an eps or tif at 300 dpi resolution). The responsibility for securing (and paying for) copyright permission is the author's, who must supply the proper copyright permission details should the article be accepted for publication. The Press will then require a letter of permission from the copyright holder.
Tables should not be boxed, there should be no vertical lines, and horizontal lines should be used sparingly. Each table should be numbered, have a concise title and be cited in the text. Please indicate also where each table should go in the text.
Please be aware that copyright permission is often needed on poetry, song lyrics and prose. The Press requires a letter of permission from the copyright holder. The duration of copyright for most works is until 70 years from the end of the year of the author's death.
You do not need permission for works in copyright if:
* you quote a single extract of less than 400 words or a series of extracts (none of which exceeds 300 words) to a total of 800 words in the context of criticism or review
* you quote a total of 40 lines from a poem, as long as this is less than 25% of the poem, in the context of criticism or review.
It is the author's responsibility to ensure that copyright is not breached.
Rough breathing is indicated by an initial h.
Iota subscript is not indicated in transliteration.
is transliterated ng, by nk.
For certain purposes, such as naming Hebrew letters or citing the names of ancient Hebrew texts the exact transliteration is not employed. Sometimes a relatively well-known Hebrew word (eg.kabod, nephesh, ruach), or one that is used repeatedly in a chapter or book, can be stripped of its scientific diacritics or otherwise be normalized in the direction of English. For the most part, however, words and phrases from the Hebrew Bible and ancient Hebrew texts, when transliterated, should conform to the system set out below.
Consonants are transliterated according to the following system:
Dagesh lene is not shown; dagesh forte is shown by doubling the letter.
Hebrew vowels are transliterated according to the following system (accompanied in this table, for convenience, by the letter ):
a ( ) e ( )
( ) i ( )
( ) ( )
ª ( ) o ( )
e ( ) ( defective)
( ) ( plene)
( ) º ( )
( ) u ( )
e ( ) ( )
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