Memorizing the Books of the Bible
- First memorize the segments of the Bible by using the peg system which relates a word or phrase you don't know to a word you do know.
- Be sure to use your imagination when linking your words. The more outrageous the image is that you can picture, the easier it will be to remember.
- Try imagining a story by linking all of the books of the bible in the segment you are memorizing.
Need a verse in the Bible to encourage someone or yourself? Memorizing the books of the Bible make it much easier to recall quotes and passages for real life situations.
As large as the bible is, it is not all that hard to memorize. In fact, if you read our more advanced memory techniques, you can learn how to recall any page of a book or magazine and cite what that page is about.
Memorizing can be done by anyone. With the memorization techniques you learn here, it will allow you to recall any of the 66 books of the Bible.
Memorize Books of Bible
Note: The Bible has two major segments: the Old and New Testament.
Step 1 : Memorizing the Segments of the Bible
List the different segments of the Bible as follows:
- Letters of Moses
- History of Israel
- Wisdom Books
- Major Prophets
- Minor Prophets
- Life of Jesus and the Early Church
- Paul’s Letters
- Apostle Letters
First off, we are going to memorize these segments before we memorize the books. To do this, we are going to use whats called the peg system. The peg system is good to use when memorizing a short list. Since there are only 9 segments, this will be a good system to use.
This is how it is done: Memorize the following list (this should only take about a minute since we are using rhyming words that are easy to remember):
- (1) one = gun
- (2) two = shoe
- (3) three = tree
- (4) four = door
- (5) five = hive
- (6) six = sticks
- (7) seven = heaven
- (8) eight = gate
- (9) nine = line
- (10) ten = hen *ten will not be used since there are only 9 segments, but you should still memorize it for future use.
Once you've memorized these words in order we will now easily memorize the segments of the Bible. To do this, you must create an image for each of the segments and tie it to your peg word. Every image you create needs to be pictured in your mind (even if it's only for a split second) to burn it into your long term memory. The good thing about this is you only need to do it once and you will never forget it. There is no need to repetitively repeat the segments or write them down on flash cards. Creating a photographic image will allow you to learn them in one shot. Let's begin with an example.
Tie the peg word "(1) gun" to "Letters of Moses".
Picture this: You see someone with a gun and they shoot the gun but only a bunch of letters fly out of the gun. If you need to memorize who's letters they are (Moses) then picture the letters flying out of the gun with a few bright red Roses (Roses rhythm with Moses). Be sure to picture this image in your mind - close your eyes for a split second and imagine this bizarre scenario. The crazier, more outrageous image that you create, the easier it will be to remember.
Tie the peg word "(2) shoe" to "History of Israel".
Picture this: You're dreaming about walking down the street in your town, everyone is staring at you. As you are curious to why, you glance down at your shoes and notice you're not wearing normal shoes, you're wearing your History text books for shoes. Then you notice another thing, impossible as it might seem, it's not a dream, it IS REAL. (Is real = Israel).
Tie the peg word "(3) tree" to "Wisdom Books".
Picture this: There is a giant tree on a hill. The strange thing about this particular tree is that there are books hanging from the tree limbs. Picture a bunch of owls (who symbolize "Wisdom") trying to eat the books off of the tree.
Try the next 6 segments on your own...remember the more outrageous the picture you create in your head, the easier it will be to remember. Once you are finished memorizing the 9 segments, you can move on to memorizing the books of the Bible.
Step 2 : Memorizing the Books of the Bible
Now that you have the segments of the Bible memorized, list out each of the segments with the books that are in them.
- Letters of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
- History: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
- Wisdom Books: Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon
- Major Prophets: Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, Ezekiel, Daniel
- Minor Prophets: Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
- The Life of Jesus and Early Church: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts
- Paul’s Letters: Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon
- Other Apostles: Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-2-3 John, Jude
Since you already know the segments of the Bible, these segments become your new "peg words". However this time, because we have a list of books in each of the segments, we will learn the books a bit differently than we learned the list of Bible segments. Let's begin:
We know that the first segment of the Bible is the Letter of Moses (peg word gun = letters shooting from barrel with Red Roses). To learn the books of the Bible, we are going to create an outrageous photographic story (Letter of Moses being the chapter and Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy being the characters or highlights of that chapter). We have an image of "Letter of Moses" as a bunch of letters and roses shooting from a gun barrel. The first book of the "Letter of Moses" is "Genesis", so let's picture the rose that shot out of the barrel is sitting on one of those letter's and playing Sega "Genesis" -Wait! Hold on! A Rose playing a game? Might seem extremely silly however picture this image in your mind and you will never forget it even if you try. Sega Genesis is that old video game system with 'Sonic the Hedgehog' (If you are not familiar with the Sega Genesis gaming system you might incorporate a Genie in your story instead since the word Genie is similar to the word Genesis). You will now go on to memorize the next book of the Bible, "Exodus". The Rose sitting on the letters (Letters of Moses) is playing Sega Genesis (Genesis) and suddenly gets sucked into the TV screen by the game. With all his might he pushes against the screen to try an "Exit" (Exodus) the game (Exit sounds a lot like Exodus = derives from the Greek word Exodos, meaning "departure"). There is no way of getting out of the game by pushing on the screen, the only possible way is to "levitate" (Leviticus) out of the top of the TV screen. Again your true memory will remind you that this particular book of the Bible is not levitate but a word that sound much like it, Leviticus.
Now that we have gone through a few, try the rest on your own. You will be surprised at how fun, easy, and quick it is to memorize the books of the Bible.