Recently while reading articles written by PhDs in a Christian University publication, I noticed how these writers who assert their Christian faith and are considered experts in their field of study, do not capitalize the word, biblical. Apparently, not using an uppercase ‘b’ for that particular word is trendy and academically driven by citation/formatting sources such as CMOS, APA, CSE, ASA, and the like.
For the sake of this discussion, biblical used herein refers to the Bible, known as the collection of writings containing both the Old and New Testaments.
I’m also noticing that the pronoun ‘he’ when referring to Jesus Christ is no longer capitalized in contemporary literature, academic writings, and in modern translations of the Bible. In the following passages of Scripture, note the America Standard Version (ASV) versus the New American Standard Bible (NASB) which is considered to be the most rigorously accurate translation of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek Biblical sources.
You are to give him the name Jesus; he is the one who will save his people from their sins. Mathew 1:21 ASV
She will give birth to a Son; and you shall name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21 NASB
Do you remember how in old editions of the Bible, the words of Jesus were printed in red ink? Between the caps used and print colour differences, there was never any confusion as to what was being said by/or about whom.
Why no cap on Biblical?
A general reason given for not using uppercase on the word biblical is that capitalizing words is somewhat of a new invention.Read More »