Bibles and Grammar

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BIBLE VERSION ABBREVIATIONS

ESV – English Standard Version

HCSB – Holman Christian Standard Bible

MSBMacArthur Study Bible (NASB edition)

NASB – New American Standard Bible

NIVNew International Version

NKJV – New King James Version

OSB – The Orthodox Study Bible

SB – Study Bible, often used following the initials for any particular translation

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Capitalising words can be a confusing business so I would like to explain my rationale for doing so. Personal pronouns referring to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit will be capitalised out of reverence for God.The word ‘apostle’ will be capitalised if used as a title but not as a noun. In the case of a title, the capital is used preceding someone’s name such as ‘Apostle Paul’ or even the Apostle Paul. This is in accordance with everyday grammar where someone’s title, ‘Mr/Mrs/Ms/Dr’, is capitalised. Capitalising the A of apostle in its title form should not be read as divinising Paul or any other apostle. When using ‘apostle’ as a noun, it will not be capitalised.