Bible Abbreviations for Old and New Testament Books


Abbreviations of biblical books are short-form descriptions of their titles. For example, “Genesis” is abbreviated as “Gen.” They are often used in formal writing, such as term papers, books, and magazine articles. Some online publications also use abbreviations of biblical books.

There are many different ways to abbreviate biblical books. Some authors even make up their own abbreviations. The lists below show the abbreviations that writers today conventionally use and that book and magazine publications commonly accept.

Abbreviations of Old Testament Books

GenesisGen.
ExodusEx.
LeviticusLev.
NumbersNum.
DeuteronomyDeut.
JoshuaJosh.
JudgesJudg.
RuthRuth
1 Samuel1 Sam.
2 Samuel2 Sam.
1 Kings1 Kings
2 Kings2 Kings
1 Chronicles1 Chron.
2 Chronicles2 Chron.
EzraEzra
NehemiahNeh.
EstherEst
JobJob
PsalmsPs.
ProverbsProv.
EcclesiastesEccles.
Song of SolomonSong
IsaiahIsa.
JeremiahJer.
LamentationsLam.
EzekielEzek.
DanielDan.
HoseaHos.
JoelJoel
AmosAmos
ObadiahObad.
JonahJonah
MicahMic.
NahumNah.
HabakkukHab.
ZephaniahZeph.
HaggaiHag.
ZechariahZech.
MalachiMal.

Also see Bible verses on the joy of Jesus

Abbreviations of New Testament Books

MatthewMatt.
MarkMark
LukeLuke
JohnJohn
ActsActs
RomansRom.
1 Corinthians1 Cor.
2 Corinthians2 Cor.
GalatiansGal.
EphesiansEph.
PhilippiansPhil.
ColossiansCol.
1 Thessalonians1 Thess.
2 Thessalonians2 Thess.
1 Timothy1 Tim.
2 Timothy2 Tim.
TitusTitus
PhilemonPhilem.
HebrewsHeb.
JamesJames
1 Peter1 Pet.
2 Peter2 Pet.
1 John1 John
2 John2 John
3 John3 John
JudeJude
RevelationRev.

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