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People's minds work differently.
I had a friend that used a similar thing - in memorising the books of the Bible he had a series of funny sayings, the first letter of each word being the first letter of the books in order.

That doesn't work for me - I find it almost harder to memorise the saying than the verse.

I memorise best while pacing, but then on difficult passages I have to pace to remember.......
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For me, the movement helps, for him the silly sayings.

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You should try writing it down and see if you can write out the whole NT. Now that would really be a thing and could be beneficial in the future. Perhaps in an area where the bible is banned. You'd be a walking printing press.

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That seems a bit of an overload because you have to memorize a lengthy acronym just to memorize the verse LOL :)

 

If you have difficulty with a verse like that, try breaking it down into sections...

 

Your advice is good, thanks. Remembering an acromym came easy to me and has helped me with verses that were "stubborn" but it wasn't my overall approach. Acronymns would help keep me from swapping "the" for "a" or somethig similar or from dropping words or short phrases.

 

I've been known to do things the hard way at times...

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I have recently finished memorizing the entire New Testament. I plan on creating a documentary and small book on how to do it, tips and memory tricks (mnemonics) and will make it available here...

 

Have you made progress with your documentary or book?

 

I re-read this post with interest. I'm going to memorize the book of Romans with my son. He's on his 3rd time reading the Bible through in the past 2 years and I'm proud of him. I've never pressured him to read the Bible, he just does it.

 

Again, I memorized Colossians years ago and my approach was less systematic. I just basically used 3x5 cards with about 3 verses per day until I could quote them without mistakes. I didn’t need to repeat them as much as you’ve indicated to have them committed to memory. I only spent more time on verses where I found myself leaving out words or changing words accidentally using the technique I described previously.

I teach music and can relate to your 25, 20, 15, approach for memorization. However, I am interested how you arrived at the number 45 repetitions once you’ve got it down.
 

Any other tips and suggestions would be appreciated. Romans is 16 chapters so I know it's going to take some diligence. I'd be very interested in watching you quote the book of Romans on Youtube. Please consider doing that as it would be an encouragement to me and my family.

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You wil stare at that reference when you get the verse down...

 

Also, I never did put an emphasis on memorizing the verse reference. Although I remember many of them, most I do not. Please comment in this regard.

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I would love the pdf, and to see the video.

As to detractors, I would not worry about them. Just start each video with by boasting on God and His work on you. Speak of how the Word of God is a lamp unto our feet, and explain how memorizing is important.

Jesus told His Disciples that the Comforter would remind them of all things whatsoever He taught them

How can the Holy Spirit do the same in us if we are unwilling to study or memorize?

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As a youth, I was always impressed with van Impe's ability to quote Scripture. He once said that he had memorized 87% of the KJV.

Sadly, he uses a perversion now. All that memorization and no longer uses the KJV.

 

I remember when Jack and Roxella started buttering up to the pope in the mid 90s. I wasn't aware that he's not KJV now. Very sad, I've met people saved under his ministry.

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I encourage Scripture memorization, it is required of our school student and of the college students.

 

Also, we take a passage (18-25 verses long) and memorize it as a church over the course of a year - quoting it (or reading it or quoting and referring in to it as an aide as needed while working on it) in every service.

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... I plan on creating a documentary and small book on how to do it, tips and memory tricks (mnemonics) and will make it available here.

 

Update?

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It might be a while because I'm still moving some things back home from the US and taking on some different projects. But I am slowly working on it. What I am working on now is going chapter by chapter and breaking down what parts to memorize in order of context for memorizing 5 verses a day. Since some chapters do not end with 15,20,25,30 verses etc..some times you have to pick the best division so you remember the context better. For example (since you are working on Romans), Romans 1 has 32 verses, so some where you have to decide if you want to just do the last 2 on one day, or split them up and do 6 each, or 3 days of 4 verses, or one day of 7 verses. I would split at verse 21 and group it with verse 17 because the context is similar, then 22-27 (because 22 is a short verse), then 28-32, etc.. I'm doing that on every chapter so it might take a while LOL.

 

I'm trying to give divisions that will make it easier to recall the context. When I was a kid, as a Jew I had to memorize Genesis to Deuteronomy, and sometimes I had to think about where a verse was because even though I knew all the verses, I had the think about the context I was looking for. That is sometimes the snag of memorizing large passages at once. It helps to make notes about verses and contexts as you memorize them too. That way some of the verses you memorize will "stick out" and help memorize the context instead of just verses strung together. You will get plenty of those little "epiphany" moments going through Romans because 1-5 is different from 6-8, and then 9-11 is different context about corporate Israel, and then 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 are all different. There is so much in Romans that every time you start repeating certain verses, as the Holy Spirit helps you verses will come out like "I never thought about it that way before" and be sure to write those down because it will not just help memorize the verses but also memorize what they mean.

 

But I hope to get something together sometime this year more comprehensive than forum comments because that is a passion of mine to teach memorization of Scripture. :)

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It might be a while because I'm still moving some things back home from the US and taking on some different projects. But I am slowly working on it. What I am working on now is going chapter by chapter and breaking down what parts to memorize in order of context for memorizing 5 verses a day. Since some chapters do not end with 15,20,25,30 verses etc..some times you have to pick the best division so you remember the context better. For example (since you are working on Romans), Romans 1 has 32 verses, so some where you have to decide if you want to just do the last 2 on one day, or split them up and do 6 each, or 3 days of 4 verses, or one day of 7 verses. I would split at verse 21 and group it with verse 17 because the context is similar, then 22-27 (because 22 is a short verse), then 28-32, etc.. I'm doing that on every chapter so it might take a while LOL.

 

I'm trying to give divisions that will make it easier to recall the context. When I was a kid, as a Jew I had to memorize Genesis to Deuteronomy, and sometimes I had to think about where a verse was because even though I knew all the verses, I had the think about the context I was looking for. That is sometimes the snag of memorizing large passages at once. It helps to make notes about verses and contexts as you memorize them too. That way some of the verses you memorize will "stick out" and help memorize the context instead of just verses strung together. You will get plenty of those little "epiphany" moments going through Romans because 1-5 is different from 6-8, and then 9-11 is different context about corporate Israel, and then 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 are all different. There is so much in Romans that every time you start repeating certain verses, as the Holy Spirit helps you verses will come out like "I never thought about it that way before" and be sure to write those down because it will not just help memorize the verses but also memorize what they mean.

 

But I hope to get something together sometime this year more comprehensive than forum comments because that is a passion of mine to teach memorization of Scripture. :)

 

This is excellent. You’re definitely systematic in your approach. Your comment regarding context is good. In a similar thought, I’ve noticed it is easier to memorize 20+ verses about a topic such as “the blood of Christ” as opposed to memorizing a chapter.

 

Another technique I've done which has led to those "epiphany" moments it this: I have a program that can play my Bible Mp3s at faster speeds 2x, 4x, 6x etc.  When you read while playing at 4x or 6x, you cover a lot of ground quickly. You can read the entire book of Job in a sitting. Of course you're not going to absorb things the same way as you would reading carefully, but I've had those "epiphany" moments while doing this because you connect thoughts from other chapters that you may never have otherwise.

 

Request reminder: Please make a video quoting Romans. This would be a motivator for me (and my son) and an encouragement to your online friends.

 

I’ve heard that Jewish children memorize the Torah. However, in my many experiences with Jews in the business world, they know more about the Kabbalah than the Pentateuch. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

 

I have more questions but I’ll forgo them for now…

 

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This method works! For example, Ron Hood memorized more than half the New Testament this way. I think Ron Hood attended Bob Jones University in the 1960's. Here, found a youtube link to a video of him explaining the method:

. He lets people ask him to quote various scriptures at the end of the video.
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Also, I never did put an emphasis on memorizing the verse reference. Although I remember many of them, most I do not. Please comment in this regard.

Somehow I missed this comment.

 

You don't always have to know the specific address of the verse. In Hebrew 5:6 Paul quotes a verse but does not give the exact reference (and of course there were no verse divisions when Paul quoted this) but instead says "as he also saith in another place". Knowing the context and verse is the most important part, but knowing the reference is useful if the person you are talking to says "prove it". Knowing the reference saves time in trying to dig through pages while trying to keep the persons attention on the subject you are talking about.

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This is excellent. You’re definitely systematic in your approach. Your comment regarding context is good. In a similar thought, I’ve noticed it is easier to memorize 20+ verses about a topic such as “the blood of Christ” as opposed to memorizing a chapter.

 

Another technique I've done which has led to those "epiphany" moments it this: I have a program that can play my Bible Mp3s at faster speeds 2x, 4x, 6x etc.  When you read while playing at 4x or 6x, you cover a lot of ground quickly. You can read the entire book of Job in a sitting. Of course you're not going to absorb things the same way as you would reading carefully, but I've had those "epiphany" moments while doing this because you connect thoughts from other chapters that you may never have otherwise.

 

Request reminder: Please make a video quoting Romans. This would be a motivator for me (and my son) and an encouragement to your online friends.

 

I’ve heard that Jewish children memorize the Torah. However, in my many experiences with Jews in the business world, they know more about the Kabbalah than the Pentateuch. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter.

 

I have more questions but I’ll forgo them for now…

I had to memorize the first five books when I was a child, and quoted all 613 Mitzvot at my Bar Mitzvah for my 13th B-Day.

 

Not all Jews are Kabbalists, but I'd have to say all who follow Talmud and Midrash ultimately find the Gemara compatible with Kabbalism and make the leap from there. I think it's more prominent in Hasidic and Sefardic Jews then they care to admit, and I would have to agree that more emphasis is placed on traditional views of the Tanakh because tradition helps to explain away the obvious prophecies that were fulfilled in Christ. There's several different variations but ALL Talmud, Midrash writings have their source in BABYLON and to me is no different than the ideology of Kabbalism. 

 

That could be a project for me to write out here someday, the difference between the various Jewish traditions, and Jewish and Non Jewish forms of Kabbalism.

 

I have the Bible on MP3 on a little palm-sized MP3 player (Sansa) and take it with me whenever I jog or am driving. It's probably one of my favorite earthly possessions next to the Bible book form. There are a few websites where you can download the KJV on MP3 for free and then copy it to a Sansa player.

 

Quoting an entire book on video might be impressive to some, but would bring more criticism than accolades (which I really don't care for). Not to mention it's just time consuming LOL. Although I'm pretty fluent in English, I speak it much slower than my native language. 

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In my opinion the book of John would be the best to memorize.

Why?

Key verse: John 20:31 (KJV) 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

One can find life in it. (Yes, I know all have life, but this book clearly reveals you can have life because of what is written therein) also, it teaches you must believe and in whom to believe

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If the length of the book to be memorized isn't a factor, I would say John would be a good one to memorize.

 

If length is a factor then I would prayerfully read through the shorter epistles to consider memorizing one of those.

 

Perhaps memorizing a small book first will motivate one to memorize more.

 

I know when a friend and I set out to memorize at least one verse (in most cases it was more than one verse, often a whole passage) from every book in the New Testament that seemed like a big challenge. As it turned out, we completed that sooner and easier than we expected. This prompted us to do the same thing with the Old Testament. When we were finished that meant we had 66 verses/passages memorized along with whatever we already had memorized before then.

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