Common Resource Abbreviations

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 Bible Book Abbreviations
 Bible Translation Spectrum

The Absolute Basics

NT = New Testament
OT = Old Testament (often means “Off Topic” in forum contexts)

Bible Versions

AMP = Amplified Bible
ASV = American Standard Version
AV/KJV = Authorized Version / King James Version
BHS = Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (Hebrew Bible)
CEB = Common English Bible
CEV = Contemporary English Version
CJB = Complete Jewish Bible
CPG = Cotton Patch Gospel
CSB = Christian Standard Bible
D-R/DRA = Douay-Rheims Bible
DSSB = Dead Sea Scroll Bible
EBR/EMP = Emphasized Bible
EHV = Evangelical Heritage Version
EOB = Eastern/Greek Orthodox Bible
ESV = English Standard Version
ESV-CE = English Standard Version – Catholic Edition
GNB/GNT = Good News Bible
GW/GWT = God’s Word Translation
HCSB = Holman Christian Standard Bible
HNT = Hebrew New Testament
ISR/ISV = International Standard Version
JNT = Jewish New Testament
JPS = Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures (Jewish Publication Society)
LEB = Lexham English Bible
LES = Lexham English Septuagint
LES2 = Lexham English Septuagint, 2nd Edition
LHI = Lexham Hebrew-English Interlinear
LSB = Legacy Standard Bible
MEV = Modern English Version
MSG = The Message
NA26 = Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, 26th Edition
NA27 = Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, 27th Edition
NA28 = Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament, 28th Edition
NAB = New American Bible
NABRE = New American Bible Revised Edition
NAS/NASB/NASB95 = New American Standard (Bible) (1995 Update)
NASB2020 = New American Standard (Bible) (2020 Update)
NCV = New Century Version
NEB = New English Bible
NET = New English Translation
NET2 = New English Translation, 2nd Edition
NETS = New English Translation of the Septuagint
NIrV = New International Reader’s Version
NIV = New International Version
NIVUK = New International Version – Anglicised
NJB = New Jerusalem Bible
NLT = New Living Translation
NKJV = New King James Version
NRSV = New Revised Standard Version
NRSVCE = New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
NRSVue = New Revised Standard Version Update Edition
PNT = People’s New Testament
REB = Revised English Bible
RSV = Revised Standard Version
RSVCE = Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition
RSV2CE = Revised Standard Version Second Catholic Edition
TEV = Today’s English Version (also known as Good News Bible or Good News for Modern Man)
TLB = The Living Bible
TLV = Tree of Life Version
TNIV = Today’s New International Version
TPT = The Passion Translation
TV = The Voice
WEB = World English Bible
WMB = World Messianic Bible
YLT = Young’s Literal Translation
For more Bible version abbreviations, see Modern English Bible Translations (Wikipedia)

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Ancient Versions

LXX = Septuagint (Greek Translation of the Hebrew Bible; from Roman numeral 70, after the 70 translators who did it)
MT = Masoretic Text
VUL = Vulgate


WIVU = Werkgroep Informatica, Vrije Universiteit Morphology
WTS = Westminster Theological Seminary


AYBC = Anchor Yale Bible Commentary
BCBC = Believers Church Bible Commentary
BECNT = Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament
BKC = The Bible Knowledge Commentary
EBC = Expositor’s Bible Commentary
FOTL = Forms of Old Testament Literature
ICC = International Critical Commentary
ITC = International Theological Commentary
K&D = Keil & Delitzsch
NAC = New American Commentary
NIBC = New International Biblical Commentary (series) or New International Bible Commentary (one volume)
NICNT = New International Commentary on the New Testament
NICOT = New International Commentary on the Old Testament
NIGTC = New International Greek Testament Commentary
NIVAC = NIV Application Commentary
PNTC = Pillar New Testament Commentary
TNTC = Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
TOTC = Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries
WBC = Word Biblical Commentary
ZIBBC = Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary

Reference Resources

ABD/AYBD = Anchor Bible Dictionary (now called Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary)
AFAT = Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text
ANET = Ancient Near Eastern Texts
ANLEX = Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament
BAGD = Older edition of A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (after the authors: Bauer, Arndt, Gingrich & Danker)
BDAG = A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, Third Edition (after the authors: Bauer, Danker, Arndt & Gingrich)
BDB = Brown-Driver-Briggs (Hebrew-English Lexicon)
CHALOT = Concise Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament
DBL = Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains
EDNT = Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament
ESL = Enhanced Strong’s Lexicon
HALOT = Hebrew & Aramaic Lexicon of the Old Testament (unabridged)
HDNT = Lexham High Definition New Testament
ISBE = International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
NIDNTT = New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology
NIDOTTE = New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis
TDNT = Theological Dictionary of the New Testament
TLNT = Theological Lexicon of the New Testament
TLOT = Theological Lexicon of the Old Testament
TWOT = Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament
VONT = Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words
ZEB = Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible


IVP = InterVarsity Press
JPS = Jewish Publication Society
UBS = United Bible Societies

Other Common Abbreviations

BCP = Book of Common Prayer
CCC = Catechism of the Catholic Church
RCL = Revised Common Lectionary
TVM = Tense, Voice, Mood

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