Reading the Bible

Have you ever wondered what book, chapter or verses are listed when you see a Bible citation? Or have you wondered what those abbreviations mean—who or what is Nm or Jgs? Below is a key to help you find what each part of a bible citation means and to which book each of those abbreviations refers. Also below are links to each of the books of the Bible on the USCCB website for the The New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

.Bible Citation

Old Testament


 

New Testament


Book Abbreviation   Book Abbreviation

Genesis

Exodus

Leviticus

Numbers

Deuteronomy

Joshua

Judges

Ruth

1 Samuel

2 Samuel

1 Kings

2 Kings

1 Chronicles

2 Chronicles

Ezra

Nehemiah

Tobit

Judith

Esther

1 Maccabees

2 Maccabees

Job

Psalms

Proverbs

Ecclesiastes

Song of Songs

Wisdom

Sirach

Isaiah

Jeremiah

Lamentations

Baruch

Ezekiel

Daniel

Hosea

Joel

Amos

Obadiah

Jonah

Micah

Nahum

Habakkuk

Zephaniah

Haggai

Zechariah

Malachi

Gn

Ex

Lv

Nm

Dt

Jos

Jgs

Ru

1 Sm

2 Sm

1 Kgs

2 Kgs

1 Chr

2 Chr

Ezr

Neh

Tb

Jdt

Est

1 Mc

2 Mc

Jb

Ps

Pr

Eccl

Sgs

Wis

Sir

Is

Jer

Lam

Bar

Ez

Dn

Hos

Jl

Am

Ob

Jon

Mi

Na

Hb

Zp

Hg

Zec

Mal

 

Matthew

Mark

Luke

John

Acts

Romans

1 Corinthians

2 Corinthians

Galatians

Ephesians

Philippians

Colossians

1 Thessalonians

2 Thessalonians

1 Timothy

2 Timothy

Titus

Philemon

Hebrews

James

1 Peter

2 Peter

1 John

2 John

3 John

Jude

Revelation

Mt

Mk

Lk

Jn

Acts

Rm

1 Cor

2 Cor

Gal

Eph

Phil

Col

1 Thes

2 Thes

1 Tm

2 Tm

Ti

Pmn

Heb

Jas

1 Pt

2 Pt

1 Jn

2 Jn

3 Jn

Jude

Rv