Memorizing The Books Of The Bible
Learning the books of the Bible is not a difficult undertaking, if care is taken to make it interesting. How can this be done? Well, in a variety of ways actually. Whether an adult is memorizing or a child is memorizing, creative approaches can help make the effort fun. Let's discuss a few ways how this can be accomplished.
First of all, when memorizing the books of the Bible,knowing how many sections are in the scriptures will give the student a good idea of how long the task will take to accomplish. There are 66 parts in all, beginning with Genesis in the Old Testament, and ending with the book of Revelation in the New Testament. Also, if the student finds out what the themes of the various books are, it can assist him or her in grouping them into sections, aiding memorization and placement throughout the Holy Scriptures. Still others prefer to use mnemonics, taking the first letter of each part of scripture and using it to form a kind of word. For example, the first five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Each of the first five letters of the titles make up the mnemonic 'GELND'. While GELND has little meaning to someone not memorizing scriptural titles, the mnemonic can be helpful to those who are. A way to memorize the books of the Bible is to break up them up into sections of 7 or 8 books each, and memorize one section each day until all have been completed.
In memorizing the books of the Bible, the Word of God has associated with it various themes. The first five parts in the Bible are referred to as The Pentatuch. The stories in these portions of scripture tell of the creation of the world and mankind, and end with the Jewish people inheriting the promised land of Canaan and some surrounding territories. The next several divisions after the first five are not only historical, but tell of prophets who rose up to become the voices and instruments of God to His people. Some of these portions of scripture have similar titles, which also makes memorization a bit easier. For example, there is 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, 1 Kings, 2Kings, etc. Then, other portions begin with the same letter, like Joshua and Judges. So it helps, in learning the books of the Bible, to understand how the scripture is separated by themes and titles. God is very pleased when we memorize scripture. "Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11 KJV).
A few portions of the Word are referred to as the wisdom and poetic books. These are Ruth, Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Solomon. Ruth is earlier in the Old Testament, coming before 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1st and 2nd Kings, 1st and 2nd Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther and Job. Psalms, Proverbs and Song of Solomon are about the middle of the book. A chronological memorization could be this - J,J,R, 1S,2S,1K,2K,1C,2C,E,N,E,J,P,P,E,S,I. Another way to divide these up would be JJR, 1-2s, 1-2k, 1-2c, ENE, JPP, ESI. One could continue in this manner until the entire Old Testament has been memorized. When memorizing the books of the Bible, the student will need to be consistent in setting aside time each day to work on memorization. Also, determination and follow-though are important and should ensure the task will be completed.
Sometimes using music is helpful when memorizing the books of the Bible. Learning the sections of the Bible using music has been particularly successful for children. Almost any familiar tune or song can be used. Simply replace the words in the song with the titles of the sections in the Word. For very small children, audio media can be purchased that already have songs specifically geared for Bible memorization. The teacher in a Sunday school class could create a visual aid, writing the books on poster board that looks like a book. Children are not the only people who can benefit from musical memorization tools. Adults too enjoy this medium, but of course the music is of a more sophisticated nature. Most of the time, the music will be faith-based.
A visit to a family bookstore could yield up several tools useful for learning the books of the Bible. One of these is Bible quiz flashcards. Another could be a book of quizzes, still others could use puzzles like crosswords as a basis for testing how well the students recall the names of the Bible parts, and perhaps even their placement in the scriptures. Finally, the books can be written on cards, mixed up and passed out to the participants. Then, have everyone stand in line in the correct order of the sections of the Bible without speaking to each other. This is a fun activity for all ages. Online tools are available which are interactive. Some will quiz the student by asking what book comes before or after the one named. Others provide a graphic that lights up when the correct book is found.
Perhaps get together with friends who are also interested in learning the books of the Bible, and brainstorm about ways to approach memorization. A new and novel idea may materialize that can then be shared with others at church. It may be the answer someone has been looking for to make the whole process easy as pie. Try it!