Any publication editors hanging around, or does someone know one? We've checked Chicago Manual of Style, but it obviously doesn't cover the Bible-specific things, and I don't have the SBL guide.
In a block quote, my understanding is that the reference goes after the quote, outside any punctuation, and with no punctuation of its own. So,
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believed in Him should have everlasting life. (John 3:16)Is that correct?
What about a run-in quote? Something like
This helps explain why God says, "But I will harden Pharaoh's heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt." (v. 3) And, "The Egyptians..."In this case, it's in a section talking about various aspects of Exodus 7, so I don't believe the full reference is needed (or at least looks odd, since several verses might be referenced in a couple of paragraphs). But, should the (v. 3) be inside the quotes or outside? Inside the final punctuation or outside? Does it need punctuation itelf, e.g. (v. 3.). The possibilities seem to be endless.
... land of Egypt (v. 3)." And...What about when you're just referring to a verse, or ask a question and want to give them the verse containing the answer? For example,
... land of Egypt. (v. 3)" And...
... land of Egypt." (v. 3.) And...
... land of Egypt." (v. 3). And...
... land of Egypt." (v. 3) And...
What was different about the third plague as it related to Pharoah's magicians? (v. 18)This from a section on chapter 8 (as above). Should that (v. 18) be inside the question mark or outside?
What about pointing them to a reference?
How do we change from being quick in the wrong things and slow in the right ones to the opposite? (See Romans 12:1-2.)Should the parentheses be inside the question mark? (If so, I assume the "See" should be "see"?) Does the parentheses need its own punctuation?
I've checked several books I have here for examples, and I haven't been able to get a clear picture (i.e. they're inconsistent). Which leads me to believe it might not matter as long as we are consistent. But, if there's a documented way to do it, we'd certainly prefer to follow it.
Thanks for your help!