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Leeds Harvard: Religious text

Reference examples

Title: including version.


The Bible: authorised King James version

The Qurʼan: a modern English version

Citation examples

Religious text

Make clear in the main body of the work which particular religious text you are referring to. When referring to a specific passage, include the following details in your citation:

(Name of the Book Sura / Chapter: Verse)


Cain's offering of crops (Genesis 4:3) has been interpreted as...

When citing whole consecutive chapters, combine the first and last chapter numbers with a hyphen: (Genesis 4-6) 

When citing consecutive verses in a particular chapter, combine the first and last verse numbers with a hyphen: (Genesis 4:3-8) 

If your work focuses on a single chapter in a religious work and you are citing only one verse, use the format (v.3). If referring to multiple consecutive verses, use the format (vv.3-8)

For religious texts, you do not include page numbers in your citations.

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