Bible Study
Reference Guide

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This quick reference guide provides Bible study translation abbreviations and commonly used generic abbreviations. It also lists letters of the Hebrew alphabet (the language used to write most of the Old Testament) and the names of the Biblical Hebrew months.

Bible Translation Abbreviations


ASV
American
Standard Version
NAB
New American
Bible
AMP
Amplified Bible
NASB
New American
Standard
BME
Bible in
Modern English
NCV
New Century
Version
CEV
Contemporary
English Version
NIV
New International
Version
ESV
English
Standard Version
NJB
New Jerusalem
Bible
GNB
The Good
News Bible
NKJV
New King
James Version
HBFV
Holy Bible
Faithful Version
NLT
New Living
Translation
HCSB
Holman Christian
Standard Bible
NRSV
New Revised
Standard Version
ISV
International
Standard Version
RSV
Revised
Standard Version
KJV
King James Version
TEV
Today's
English Version
TLB
Living Bible
YLT
Young's
Literal Translation
MNT
Moffatt New
Translation
 

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Abbreviations


Barnes
Albert Barnes
Notes on the Bible
Hitchcock
Hitchcock's
Bible Names
BDB
Brown-Driver-Briggs
Lexicon
ISBE
International Standard
Bible Encyclopedia
Clarke
Adam Clarke's
Commentary
JFB
Jamieson, Fausset and
Brown Commentary
Easton
Easton's Bible
Dictionary
K & D
Keil and
Delitzsch Commentary
EBC
Expositor's Bible
Commentary
Nave
Nave's
Topical Bible
Fausset
Fausset's Bible
Dictionary
Strong
Strong's Exhaustive
Concordance
Gill
John Gill's Exposition
of the Bible
Thayer
Thayer's Greek-English
Lexicon
Henry
Matthew Henry's
Commentary
 

Common Generic
Study Abbreviations

A. D. = Latin "Anno Domini." Used to designate years AFTER the birth of Jesus.

B. C. = Before Christ. Used to designate years BEFORE the birth of Jesus.

B.C.E. = Before Common Era (means the same as B.C.)

c. = before a date, about.

ca. / circa = around a particular date.

C. E. = Common Era (means the same as A.D.)

e.g. = for example.

ib.or ibid. = from the source cited in the last footnote.

i.e. = that is; specifically


Letters of the
Hebrew Alphabet


Aleph א  Tethט  Ayinע
Beth ב Yodי Peפ
Gimel ג Kaphכ Tsaddiצ
Daleth ד Lamedל Kophק
He ה Memמ Reshר
Vau ו Nunנ Shinש
Zayin ז Samechס Tauת
Cheth ח       

Certain Hebrew letters have variations. They are not new letters per se, but are used when the letter in question (Kaph, Mem, Nun, Pe or Tsaddi) is at the end of a word. These variations are: Final Kaph ך, Final Mem ם, Final Nun ן, Final Pe ף and Final Tsaddi ץ.

Names of the
Biblical Hebrew Months

Abib (Nisan), Iyar, Sivan, Tammuz, Ab, Elul,
Tishri, Heshvan, Kislev, Tebeth, Shebat, Adar

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