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Catholic Biblical Quarterly-Monograph Series (CBQMS)

cbqms-049The purpose of this series is to facilitate the publication of books of a specialized scholarly nature in the biblical field. It is envisaged that such a series would encourage work on technical, detailed subjects, even of a restricted scope.

Fifty volumes have been published since the inception of the series in 1969, with one or two new volumes appearing almost every year.

The most recent monographs are:

No. 50: Richard J. Dillon, The Hymns of St. Luke: Lyricism and Narrative Strategy in Luke 1—2 (2013).

No. 49: Aaron J. Koller, The Semantic Field of Cutting Tools in Ancient Israel (2013).

CBQMS: List of All Volumes

Newest Volumes:

No. 50: Richard J. Dillon, The Hymns of St. Luke: Lyricism and Narrative Strategy in Luke 1—2, $15 (members $12).

No. 49: Aaron J. Koller, The Semantic Field of Cutting Tools in Ancient Israel, $32 (members $25.60).


Vol. Author(s) Title Year Regular
1 Patrick W. Skehan Studies in Israelite Poetry and Wisdom 1971 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
2 Aloysius M. Ambrozic The Hidden Kingdom: A Redactional-Critical Study of the References to the Kingdom of God in Mark's Gospel 1972 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
3 Joseph Jensen, O.S.B. The Use of tôrâ by Isaiah: His Debate with the Wisdom Tradition 1973 $ 3.00 $ 2.40
4 George W. Coats From Canaan to Egypt: Structural and Theological Context of the Joseph Story 1976 $ 10.00 $ 8.00
5 Lamar Cope Matthew: A Scribe Trained for the Kingdom of Heaven 1976 $ 4.50 $ 3.60
6 Madeleine Boucher The Mysterious Parable: A Literary Study 1977 $ 2.50 $ 2.00
7 Jay Braverman Jerome's Commentary on Daniel: A Study of Comparative Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the Hebrew Bible 1978 $ 4.00 $ 3.20
8 Maurya P. Horgan Pesharim: Qumran Interpretations of Biblical Books 1979 $ 6.00 $ 4.80
9 Harold W. Attridge and Robert A. Oden, Jr. Philo of Byblos, The Phoencian History 1981 $ 3.50 $ 2.80
10 Paul J. Kobelski Melchizedek and Melchiresa` 1981 $ 4.50 $ 3.60
11 Homer Heater A Septuagint Translation Technique in the Book of Job 1982 $ 4.00 $ 3.20
12 Robert Doran Temple Propaganda: The Purpose and Character of 2 Maccabees 1981 $ 4.50 $ 3.60
13 James Thompson The Beginnings of Christian Philosophy: The Epistle to the Hebrews 1982 $ 5.50 $ 4.40
14 Thomas H. Tobin The Creation of Man: Philo and the History of Interpretation 1983 [o.o.p.] [o.o.p.]
15 Carolyn Osiek Rich and Poor in the Shepherd of Hermas: An Exegetical-Social Investigation 1983 $ 6.00 $ 4.80
16 James C. VanderKam Enoch and the Growth of an Apocalyptic Tradition 1984 $ 6.50 $ 5.20
17 Antony F. Campbell, S.J. Of Prophets and Kings: A Late Ninth-Century Document (I Samuel 1—2 Kings 10) 1986 $ 7.50 $ 6.00
18 John C. Endres, S.J. Biblical Interpretation in the Book of Jubilees 1987 $ 8.50 $ 6.80
19 Sharon Pace Jeansonne The Old Greek Translation of Daniel 7–12 1988 $ 5.00 $ 4.00
20 Lloyd M. Barré The Rhetoric of Political Persuasion: The Narrative Artistry and Political Intentions of 2 Kings 9–11 1988 $ 5.00 $ 4.00
21 John J. Clabeaux A Lost Edition of the Letters of Paul: A Reassessment of the Text of the Pauline Corpus Attested by Marcion 1989 $ 8.50 $ 6.80
22 Craig R. Koester The Dwelling of God: The Tabernacle in the Old Testament, Intertestamental Jewish Literature, and the New Testament 1989 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
23 Will Soll Psalm 119: Matrix, Form, and Setting 1991 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
24 Richard J. Clifford, S.J., and John J. Collins Creation in the Biblical Traditions 1992 $ 7.00 $ 5.60
25 John E. Course Speech and Response: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Introductions to the Speeches of the Book of Job (Chaps. 4–24) 1994 $ 8.50 $ 6.80
26 Richard J. Clifford, S.J. Creation Accounts in the Ancient Near East and in the Bible 1994 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
27 John Paul Heil Blood and Water: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus in John 18–21 1995 $ 7.50 $ 6.00
28 John Kaltner The Use of Arabic in Biblical Lexicography 1996 $ 7.50 $ 6.00
29 Michael L. Barré, S.S., ed. Wisdom, You Are My Sister: Studies in Honor of Roland E. Murphy, O.Carm., on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday 1997 $ 13.00 $ 10.40
30 Warren Carter and John Paul Heil Matthew's Parables: Audience-Oriented Perspectives 1998 $ 10.00 $ 8.00
31 David S. Williams The Structure of 1 Maccabees 1999 $ 7.00 $ 5.60
32 Lawrence Boadt and Mark S. Smith Imagery and Imagination in Biblical Literature: Essays in Honor of Aloysius Fitzgerald, F.S.C. 2001 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
33 Stephan K. Davis The Antithesis of the Ages: Paul's Reconfiguration of Torah 2002 $ 11.00 $ 8.80
34 Aloysius Fitzgerald, F.S.C. The Lord of the East Wind 2002 $ 12.00 $ 9.60
35 William L. Moran (ed. R. S. Hendel) The Most Magic Word: Essays on Babylonian and Biblical Literature 2002 $ 11.50 $ 9.20
36 Richard C. Steiner Stockmen from Tekoa, Sycomores from Sheba: A Study of Amos' Occupations 2003 $ 10.50 $ 8.40
37 Paul E. Fitzpatrick, S.M. The Disarmament of God: Ezekiel 38–39 in Its Mythic Context 2004 $ 11.50 $ 9.20
38 Jeremy Corley and Vincent Skemp, eds. Intertextual Studies in Ben Sira and Tobit: Essays in Honor of Alexander A. Di Lella, O.F.M. 2005 $ 13.00 $ 10.40
39 Michael L. Barré, S.S. The Lord Has Saved Me: A Study of the Psalm of Hezekiah, Isaiah 38:9-20 2005 $ 12.00 $ 9.60
40 Gordon J. Hamilton The Origins of the West Semitic Alphabet in Egyptian Scripts 2006 $ 18.00 $ 14.40
41 Gregory Tatum, O.P. New Chapters in the Life of Paul: The Relative Chronology of His Career 2006 $ 9.00 $ 7.20
42 Joan Cecelia Campbell Kinship Relations in the Gospel of John 2007 $ 12.00 $ 9.60
43 Lance Byron Richey Roman Imperial Ideology and the Gospel of John 2007 $ 13.00 $ 10.40
44 Jeremy Corley and Vincent Skemp, eds. Studies in the Greek Bible: Essays in Honor of Francis T. Gignac, S.J. 2008 $ 18.00 $ 14.40
45 David A. Bosworth The Story within a Story in Biblical Hebrew Narrative 2008 $ 12.50 $ 10.00
46 John Paul Heil Hebrews: Chiastic Structure and Audience Response 2010 $ 25.00 $ 20.00
47 Catherine L. Muldoon In Defense of Divine Justice: An Intertextual Approach to the Book of Jonah 2010 $ 12.00 $ 9.60
48 Peter Spitaler (ed.) Celebrating Paul: Festschrift in Honor of Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, O.P., and Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S.J. 2011 $ 25.00 $ 20.00
49 Aaron J. Koller The Semantic Field of Cutting Tools in Ancient Israel 2013 $ 32.00 $ 25.60
50 Richard J. Dillon The Hymns of St. Luke: Lyricism and Narrative Strategy in Luke 1—2 2013 $ 15.00 $ 12.00

CBQMS: Guidelines for Authors

Queries or submissions are encouraged and may be sent to Robert A. Kugler, Editorial Chairperson, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Policy Governing the Series of Monographs

1. The Monograph Series

The series is understood to be an organ of the Catholic Biblical Association of America. Its editorial board is delegated by the Association to act in its name. The members of the board are not held to be individually responsible for the series, but are corporately responsible to the Association.

2. The Title of the Series

The official title of the series is the Catholic Biblical Quarterly -- Monograph Series. The official abbreviation is CBQMS.

3. The Character of the Series

The purpose of the series is to facilitate the publication of books of a specialized scholarly nature in the biblical field. It is envisaged that such a series would encourage work on technical, detailed subjects, even of a restricted scope.

The "biblical field" is understood in a broad sense, to include the kind of research related to the Bible that the CBQ publishes. The series is first and foremost to be an organ for the publication of manuscripts dealing with the exegesis of the Old and New Testaments. Monographs dealing with descriptive biblical theological topics would also be quite acceptable, on the understanding that such studies reflect competence in historical-critical scholarship exemplified by the series in general. Studies devoted to philological, text-critical, historical and archaeological problems of the OT and NT would be acceptable. The same applies also to studies in intertestamental literature (including the Dead Sea Scrolls and associated discoveries), apocryphal works (including early Gnostic material), and in the history of interpretation of biblical texts (providing that the study is devoted to biblical interpretation as such and not simply a patristic and scholastic work with biblical references). As for studies in linguistics, hermeneutics, comparative religions, Semitic philology, later Gnosticism, and Rabbinics, these are considered border areas for the series. Studies in these areas are not be excluded a priori; judgment regarding their inclusion is to be made by the editorial board on a case-by-case basis.

Some honorary volumes (or Festschriften) for major scholars in the CBA would be admitted (although such tributes may be more properly handled in an issue of the CBQ). Similarly, collections of essays of major scholars in the CBA would be admitted.

The monograph series is not envisaged as a venture in publishing doctoral dissertations. Doctoral dissertations may be submitted after a thorough revision reflecting the standards of published works.

4. The Format of the Monographs

The series is envisaged as a companion to the Quarterly, and it uses the same instructions as for contributors to the CBQ. No manuscript will be considered by the editorial board that has been submitted without regard for the instructions. Departures in format may be allowed in individual cases but only for good reason.

In principle, manuscripts are accepted in English only. The use of diverse fonts (Hebrew, Greek, etc.) in the biblical languages is admitted. Transliterations according to the instructions for contributors to the CBQ are to be followed.

5. Prospective Authors of the Monographs

The series is intended mainly to encourage scholarly studies of members of the Catholic Biblical Association. On occasion manuscripts by scholars other than CBA members will be published. In general, priority is given to the works by members. Submissions are made to the Editorial Board Chairperson.

6. The Editorial Board

When the series began in 1969, seven members of the CBA were appointed to the CBQMS board. They were chosen in view of their scholarly competence in OT and NT and in intertestamental literature. The original members of the board were R. E. Brown, S. S., Frank M. Cross, Jr., Joseph A. Fitzmyer, S. J. (editorial Chairperson), Dennis McCarthy, S. J., Roland Murphy, O. Carm., Bruce Vawter, C. M., and J. Louis Martyn. Since the time when the guidelines were first discussed at a meeting held at Woodstock College on 12 April 1969 (with all seven in attendance except for Martyn), the board has grown, matching the growth of primary sources and secondary literature in the biblical field. In recent years, the board has consisted of an editorial Chairperson and twelve other members.

According to the CBA Constitution, Article V, Section 7, the duties of the Chairperson of the CBQMS Editorial Board are to preside at meetings of the CBQMS Editorial Board, and to accept, after consultation with members of the board, manuscripts for the CBQMS and to prepare them for publication.

According to CBA Constitution, Article VI, Section 2, members of the editorial board shall be duly elected as specified in the By-laws; their function is to assist the Chairperson.

The editorial board functions in two major ways, first in the judgment of manuscripts submitted, and second in their production. At present, each manuscript is vetted by two members of the board who report on it to the Chairperson of the board (who may function also as a judge). If the two judges agree in accepting or rejecting a manuscript, it is accordingly accepted or rejected. If the two judges disagree, a third judge is sought. A judge may be sought from outside of the editorial board, especially in the case of a work where special competence not covered sufficiently by the membership of the current board is required. In difficult cases, the judgment of the board may be canvassed. At present, the Chairperson of the board is responsible for the task of copy-editing manuscripts accepted in the series. The Chairperson may seek the assistance of a board member in preparing a manuscript for publication.

At present, the Chairperson is nominated by an ad hoc search committee set up by the Executive Secretary. The membership of the search committee for a new Chairperson is to include substantial representation of current board members, unless they are unavailable. Former board members are also recommended for the task. The editorial Chairperson is elected by the active members of the CBA, as stated in By-law 9(g).

At present, the Chairperson receives a four-year term upon election, as stated in By-law 9(g). Renewals are to be effected through the approval of the editorial board and the vote of the active membership of the CBA. The approval of the editorial board is normally to take place at the annual meeting of the CBQMS at the annual meeting of the CBA. However, if a quorum of the board is not in attendance at the annual meeting of the CBQMS, then a vote may be conducted by the Executive Secretary by mail. At present, there are no limits set on the number of terms that a Chairperson may serve. The Chairperson is an ex officio member of the Executive Board of the CBA (CBA Constitution, Article IV, Section 2).

New members of the CBQMS editorial board are to be elected, as needed, by the active members of the CBA (By-law 17). The selection of those nominated is to be conducted by the current members of the board, and the process governing selections is to be determined by the board. At present, this task is undertaken by the Chairperson in conjunction with the rest of the board. At present, terms are indefinite and their continuation is at the discretion of the editorial Chairperson.

7. The Finances of the Series

The funds for financing the series are supplied by the CBA, through the Executive Office. In principle, no financial contribution would be asked from the author of a manuscript that is accepted. However, this might be done if the manuscript requires an extraordinary amount of copy-editing or difficulty in printing. At the time of publication, authors receive six free copies and the right to purchase additional copies at 40% discount.

Ordinary expenses (stationary, postage, telephone calls, etc.) of the members of the board, when engaged in the monograph series work, will be reimbursed. The Chairperson receives an annual stipend (at present, $2000) for work on the series. Expenses incurred for work for the CBQMS are to be reimbursed to the Chairperson.

8. Contract and Copyright

The Executive Secretary will arrange a contract between the Catholic Biblical Association and the author of each volume accepted for the CBQMS. The Association will take out the copyright of the work in the United States of America in the name of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, and will pay a stipend for all rights of publication of one dollar ($1.00) to the author. If the Association decides to take the book permanently out of print, the rights will be returned to the author.

9. Imprimatur

If the subject of the monograph requires an imprimatur or imprimi potest, the individual Roman Catholic author will have to pursue it.

10. Printing and Distribution

At present, printing is arranged by the Executive Secretary of the CBA. Volumes are sold through the office of the CBA in Washington.


Mark S. Smith,
Editorial Chairperson, CBQMS
August 10, 2002

CBQMS Guidelines for Bibliography

CBQ guidelines apply to the text of CBQMS volumes. The following guidelines are intended to clarify the format for bibliography for CBQMS volumes.

1. The format of the bibliography follows the CBQ format for footnotes as closely as possible. Alternative formats (such as the “social science” format listing works by title and year) are not to be used, unless permission is granted by the Editorial Chairperson of the CBQMS (for good reason).

2. The abbreviations for the names of series and journals are to follow CBQ format. Series and journals not covered by the CBQ format are to be spelled out. As a related matter, authors are asked to provide a list of abbreviations in the front matter. Even when the author follows the CBQ guidelines it is preferable to have such a list so that readers of a CBQMS volume have the abbreviations readily at hand.

3. It is preferred that first names of authors be spelled out. Some authors consistently list their initials on the title page of their books or articles. In such cases, initials are acceptable. E.g., C. K. Barrett. (See CBQ Instructions, paragraph 22.)

4. The editor for a volume is to be indicated by “Ed.” followed by the name (not “Edited by…”). The same applies to a translator, hence “Trans.” plus name. In the case of multiple editors, “Ed.” is also to be used.

5. Volumes with a single publisher published in multiple locations are to be entered as follows: “Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2000” and not “Oxford and New York: Oxford University, 2000”. Entries with “University” as the publisher should have “Press” also (there are occasions when universities have subinstitutions other than the University Press that produce the publication), e.g. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2000. (For details about how to list the names of publishers, see CBQ Instructions, paragraph 23.)

6. Translations of ancient authors are to be listed under the name of the ancient author:

Aeschines. The Speeches of Aeschines. Trans. C. D. Adams. LCL. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1919.

Apuleius. Metamorphosis (Or: The Golden Ass). Trans. J. Arthur Hanson. LCL. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.

Epictetus. Works. Trans. W. A. Oldfather. LCL. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1961.


Bassler, Jouette M. “The Galileans: A Neglected Factor in Johannine Community Research.” CBQ 43 (1981) 243-57.

Horgan, Maurya P. Pesharim: Qumran Interpretations of Biblical Books. CBQMS 8. Washington: Catholic Biblical Association of America, 1979.

Olsson, Birger. Structure and Meaning in the Fourth Gospel: A Text-Linguistic Analysis of John 2:1-11 and 4:1-42. Trans. Jean Gray. CBNT 6. Lund: Gleerup, 1974.

Pitt-Rivers, Julian A. “Honour and Social Status.” In Honour and Shame: The Values of Mediterranean Society. Ed. J. G. Peristiany. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966. Pp. 19-77.