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!
66 Books Of The BibleClassifying the 66 books of the Bible, especially when trying to learn them, can be done in a variety of ways. Some people divide them by theme, some use mnemonics, others by which testament, etc. It helps to understand what each book of the Bible is about - for example, Leviticus is considered a law book, and Exodus discusses just that, the exodus of the children of Israel out of Egypt, on their way to the Promised Land. All the books of the Bible tell the history of mankind from his creation to his redemption at the end of time. However one decides to memorize them, there will be a way in which to do it easily. The memorization of scripture is valuable for all areas of life. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness". (2 Timothy 3:16)
The first five of the 66 books of the Bible are called the Pentateuch. "Penta" means five. Understanding this word tells you there are five historical books, beginning at Genesis and ending with Deuteronomy. All of the five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Genesis means "beginnings", and that is what this book discusses - the beginning or genesis of mankind. In Genesis, Adam and Eve are created, fall into sin, and are cast out of Eden to live by the sweat of their brow for the rest of their lives. Leviticus, as mentioned previously, refers to the laws. Aaron and his descendants are given the responsibility of being Priests (the Levites). God also gives Moses the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, and Israel continues to wander in the desert for 40 years. This is a continuation of Exodus. Numbers discusses the tribes of Israel and a great census that took place among the tribes. Finally, Israel arrives at Canaan after leaving Mount Sinai, and sends spies into the land. This is the land God wants them to inhabit. Here is also the time when Moses is commanded not to enter this land, and Aaron, Moses' brother dies. Understanding the themes of each book can give clues to the order in which they fall in the Pentateuch, and this in turns assists the Bible student in memorization.
After the death of Moses in the sixth book of the Bible, Joshua takes over and leads Israel into Canaan, the Promised Land. The land of Canaan is divided among all the twelve tribes of Israel as they go forth and conquer the peoples of the land. Judges continues this theme, and gives specific details of a few great battles where God intervenes on behalf of the Israelites. The book of Ruth unfolds in a tragic way, with the death of Ruth's Father-in-Law and her husband. Ruth finds a kinsman redeemer in Boaz, and the story culminates in her marriage to him. Ruth is the Great-Great Grandmother of Jesus. Out of all the books of the Bible, this story is considered to be one of the great loves stories. The following several books, from I Samuel through II Kings, give the stories of some great prophets, the story of David, and finally of Elijah's anointing and captivity in Babylon. Out of the 66 books of the Bible, we have now covered twelve of them. History marches on.
It is time to read about some interesting and great kings. The next three books, out of all the books of the Bible, discuss some kings in the southern kingdom, including Saul and David. Also, contained herein is the story of the building of Solomon's temple. In Nehemiah, Nehemiah returns to Jerusalem to rebuild its walls, despite threats from the enemy to tear it down again. A bold female rises up in the book of Esther. She comes before the king and reveals an evil plot by Haman to kill all the Jews. Haman also wishes to undermine the king's rule. Esther is therefore elevated to a special place in the king's palace, and the Jews find favor with him. What a bold and brave woman! Almost anyone who has read or even heard of the Bible has heard of the story of Job. It is a tragic one, but also one of great faith in God. Few people, except Christ, suffered as much as Job. Everything was taken from him, but through all his suffering, he never cursed God or lost his faith in Him. God knew Job would be faithful when subjected to persecution by Satan, and therefore God showed Satan how Job's love of God can conquer temptation and despair.
Among the remainder of the 66 books of the Bible, a story in the Old Testament has a wonderful, tender love story contained in the Song of Solomon. For some people, it could be considered to have a PG-13 rating, so be careful! However, it demonstrates the tender love of a bride groom for his bride. Out of all of the books of the Bible, Song of Solomon is the most intimate. There are also beautiful songs written by King David, called Psalms or "Song of Songs". These passages can be very uplifting and encouraging for those going through difficult times. The Major Prophets follow Psalms. Among these are Isaiah, Ezekiel and Daniel. These are followed up by the Minor Prophets, some of which are Jonah, Nahum, Zephaniah and Malachi. Malachi is an ominous prophecy of the condition of Israel, and of the coming Messiah.
Finally, the remainder of the 66 books of the Bible is contained in the New Testament. This testament describes the lineage of Jesus, the calling of the disciples, His ministry, death on the cross, the resurrection, and finally the Revelation of John. Of all the books of the Bible, Revelation is the most apocalyptic of all. Here is given a glimpse of the end of all time, and the glorious reign of God's kingdom on Earth. The Bible is the most powerful book on the face of the Earth. No other can change the heart of man or inspire him to faith so completely!