Memorizing parts of the Bible is a worthy endeavor, which will richly reward any person. It is also extremely helpful in Bible studies. There are many memorization techniques, the following are a few of the techniques used for memorization. Use the techniques that feel right for you.
Use rote memorization. This means reading or repeating several times a verse. Doing it at least ten times is recommended. (*This technique is used extensively by Japanese students)
Naming. You can name chapters, places, and people. How about naming I Corinthians 13 the love chapter and Hebrews 11 the faith chapter.
Parallel reading. Many events and sayings in the Bible are written more than once. Reading them together is a great way to memorize them.
Association. Associate people with things, events, or places. Noah with an ark, John leaning on Jesus, Moses at the Red Sea.
Use symbolism. Symbols are excellent memory tools. How about peter as a rock or a rod to stand in for Aaron. Use objects to remind you of biblical events and verses.
Similarity. If you can connect what you want to remember with something that is similar then you will have it easier. Like the account of Abraham in Egypt and the account of Isaac.
Number things. Of course who can forget the Ten Commandments. Try to number things in the Bible like the number of patriarchs in Genesis, or the number of judges, and many others
Grouping. You can remember things better by putting them into groups. Like the fruit of the spirit or the lust of the flesh. Just try to group similar things.
Chaining. Putting a group of facts together by using a common link. Like David killed a lion, David killed a bear, David killed Goliath.
Linking. This is putting things in a chainlike fashion. Perhaps using ovals drawings with an event written inside each link.
Ordering. This is simply ordering things by logical sequence. Like alphabetizing the books in the New Testament. How about the kings of Israel by their sequential order.
Combinations. When there is a combination in the Bible, like when the Lord is called Jehovah-jireh, Jehovah-rapha, Jehovah-nissi and many others. Learn to use combinations as memory aids.
Sequencing. This is done by creating a step or ladder system that goes step by step. Remembering facts in sequence is the object of this system. Saul was first, then David, and then Solomon.
Emotional. Attaching strong emotions to a Bible passage will make it memorable. The more feelings you can extract or put into the verse, the easier it is to remember.
Make a song. Making up a song of a biblical event or just singing a verse can help to memorize in your mind.
Draw a picture. Draw a picture of the biblical scene or passage, if you are artistically challenged you can draw stick figures.
Write symbols. Use symbols like Chinese kanji characters as memory aids, maybe a raindrop for outpouring of the spirit.
Sensory. Associate a passage you want to learn with the senses and it will remain in your mind forever. If you see a story about bread get some (See the bread, touch it, smell it, taste it, eat it)
Know the main idea. Look for the main idea or message in the chapter or paragraph. Keeping the main idea in mind helps to tie all the verses together.
Simplify. Long books can be divided into smaller parts and so can verses. Genesis is a prime example. Small bits are easier to remember.
Write it down. Writing a verse a few times is an excellent way to learn & memorize, because it gets one actively involved.
Write things differently: How about writing a passage about the Red Sea in red ink, or tragic event in yellow as a warning. You can use color, lettering, or something different as memory aids.
Study, rest & review. Study a verse, chapter or story in depth, not just a superficial reading, read the verse in different versions and a Greek lexicon and then review it the next day.
Carry the verse. Write a verse on a 3 X 5 card and carry it around all day. Reading the verse on every spare moment.
Bible Trivia Pursuit: This is a game that asks questions about the Bible, like who was the son of whom and other similar questions.
Bible Crossword puzzles: These can range from the easy for children to the hard ones for theologians. Playing them will help greatly in your memorization of the Bible.
Read, hide & guess. Write verses on 3 X 5 cards, on the backside write the verse number (John 3:16). Make at least five cards. Read them all then turn them around and then say the verse word by word. Substitute the verses already memorized with new ones.
Mnemonics. Mnemonics are phrases that stand out for others. Like “My mother loves Jesus” which can stand for Matthew, Mark, Luke and John or “Go eat popcorn” which stands for Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians.
Fill ins. This embraces a whole lot of different biblical witticisms. (Quotations, slogans, puns, proverbs and more) See if you can fill in the rest of this phrase. “A soft answer turneth away ______”.