SBA Submission Guidelines

About Studies

Studies in the Bible and Antiquity the Maxwell Institute’s annual academic journal dedicated to original research on the Bible and religion in antiquity. This includes the study of both the Bible itself and its reception and exegesis from antiquity to the present. Religion in antiquity here includes Judaism and Christianity through the medieval era, and other antecedent and contemporaneous religious traditions (excluding Islam).

Our intended readership includes scholars of religion and the interested scholarly public. Articles should be informative and useful to subject specialists, but also accessible and engaging to scholars of religion regardless of academic specialty. As a publication of Brigham Young University, submissions must respect the values of the university and its sponsoring institution, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. While as an academic journal no quotient of Mormon distinctiveness is expected of submissions, we encourage work that brings Mormon epistemologies to bear upon disciplinary subjects.

Author Guidelines

1. A submission consists of (a) a cover letter containing a brief author bio; (b) a detailed abstract (100–150 words) that clearly states the thesis, the logic of the argument, and the nature of the evidence; and (c) a completed manuscript.

2. An article must present a clear, original thesis or key proposition that sheds new light on its subject. Writers should support sound arguments with appropriate textual data, information from scholarly literature, and facts and cases from original research or other appropriate sources. The author bears primary responsibility for verifying the accuracy of all quotations, citations, and sources.

3. This is not a narrowly disciplinary publication. The language used must be clear and understandable to a broad academic readership. While authors may assume a basic familiarity with Mormon scripture and doctrine, they should also write with sensitivity toward non-Mormon readers. Good writing intended for an interdisciplinary audience avoids the use of unnecessarily technical terminology and complicated phrasing. Writing that is sensational, contentious, or inflammatory is unacceptable.

4. Each article will be peer reviewed. Issues raised in the review process must be dealt with by the author to the satisfaction of the editors before an article is finally accepted.

5. The submission deadline is May 1 for any given publication year. Articles submitted after that date will be considered for the next issue.

All submissions to Studies in the Bible and Antiquity should be sent electronically to

Submission Preparation Checklist

Authors are required to assure their submission’s compliance with the following terms. Submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.

1. The submission has not been previously published in any medium (including blogs, etc.), nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided).

2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word-compatible formats (doc, docx, rtf). Where non-Latin fonts or diacritics are used, a pdf file should also be provided and, if possible, any non-standard fonts that were used.

3. Any figures and tables should accompany the original submission.

4. The submission should be prepared in conformity with the most current editions of The Chicago Manual of Style and The SBL Handbook of Style.

5. Authors should delete their names from the completed manuscript to ensure a blind review.

All submissions to Studies in the Bible and Antiquity should be sent electronically to