Easy Bible Mnemonics

Introduction

            Do you wish you knew more about the Bible?  What if you could make the Bible study time you have much more effective?


This is your opportunity.

 

Using this document, it can be much simpler to remember important facts about the bible—even memorize the location and summaries of important scriptures.

I realize that computers can now search the entire bible for a single keyword within milliseconds, and some might argue that this makes scripture memorization unnecessary.  However, we cannot be certain that we won’t be required to make an immediate decision with which we wish to consult God’s word.  In the future that might not be so easy, and the advantage of knowing God’s word immediately will be extremely helpful.  Even so, such knowledge is also useful for looking up a scripture via computer.

 

Psalm 119:9 says:

Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.

 

Verse 16:

           I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.

           

            Here’s the good news:

 

            After decades of medical research, it has finally been shown that brain cells are replenished by the body.  Therefore, if I properly stimulate it and give it the proper nutrition, I can combat the effects of aging, and increase my brain power.  Having a mind and body in peak condition is a big first step to reducing the workload involved for scripture memorization.


Bible Study Made Easier

To optimize bible study time, some discipline is required.  Before studying the mnemonics, it will be helpful to develop the routines outlined below.   Excuse me if many of these are extremely obvious, but I know that I too often forget to do one or more of them occasionally.  So go get your spork, because it’s time for the five P’s:

 

 

1.       Preparation:  the old tried and true methods still hold here.

a.       Read the mnemonics whenever you get the chance.  An effective way is to print out cards and put them on a ring, to read over whenever a spare minute comes along.

b.      While doing mindless tasks, try to recall some of the mnemonics you have learned recently.

 

2.       Pick n’ stick:  choose your bible translation, and stick with it for memorizing scripture.  Trying to memorize verses from more than one version gets confusing

a.       A little research can divulge much.  Go out with an open mind and pray you find the right translation for you.

b.      When not trying to memorize, I encourage you to contrast and compare the wordings of different versions.

 

 

3.      Prayer:  God controls everything, and he wants you to memorize more of his scripture.   

a.       Petition God to bless your study of his word, and help put it in your heart and mind.  Ask for understanding—memorizing something you don’t understand makes it of no personal value.  He will certainly be pleased with such a request.

b.      Prepare a list of the things in your life that you are grateful for—and when you pray, be sure to mention them. 

 

4.      Peak nutrition:

a.       Partake plenty of purified water

·         Buy a water filter.  Among other things, dehydration hinders brain functions and fat loss (and can also promote wrinkles!).

b.      Partake of food based vitamins. 

·         Food-based vitamins almost always are labeled as such.  Vitamins synthesized from tar may be safe, but who can tell?   Remember, ALL VITAMINS ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL.

c.       Partake of the monounsaturated fats. 

·         Fish, nuts, and olive oil.  These fats are BRAIN FOOD.

 

Did you know nutrient deficiencies cause of many of man’s ills?

 

5.      Physical Performance:   an occasional walk or bicycle ride makes a difference in vitality—and lifting weights is inherently better for fat loss and muscle gain.  Exercising actually improves productivity, so instead of losing time to exercise, you may actually gain more free time.

a.       Start small.  Work with less than 5 pounds if you have to—and gradually increase weight. 

b.      Plan it out—either with paper or a spreadsheet.  My experience is that this improves gains drastically—otherwise you won’t remember your entire workout four days later.

 

The better you feel, the more willing you are to study!


So What Is This Mnemonics Thing?

A mnemonics device is some sort of organized system which makes it easier for your brain to recall information.  Usually, it involves linking several areas of the brain together to increase ability to recall.  As such, mnemonics are typically as effective for storing information as rote memorization, but require much less effort to store that information. 

            Computer programmers sometimes refer to GIGO.  It stands for 'Garbage in, garbage out'—meaning a computer will only perform well if given good instructions.  The human brain, though more powerful by far, follows the same principle.  Organizing its data in a meaningful fashion makes recall much simpler. 

            It's the difference between active information archival and passive information archival.  Archiving actively is like habitually keeping a tidy file cabinet, where you can find things.  Archiving passively is like arbitrarily leaving items scattered over a desk.  Maybe you can find something later, but it probably won’t be easy.

            Imagine that a young life insurance salesman is cruising down a dirt road, looking for the town of Recall, Alabama—where he is scheduled to meet with a client in less than an hour.  He frantically checks the map, but can never locate the elusive city; so, finding a local service station, he pulls in and decides to ask for directions.  The clerk replies that an indirect path exists, but the roads are not paved.  He will have to cross a mountain and circle around twice before he can get there.

            The young salesman does eventually find Recall, but nearly two hours late.  He’s very tired from the journey.  So he doesn’t make the sale.   Angrily, he slams his car door and throws all his protractors to the ground.  Then his car spontaneously ignites, leaving his car in flames, and forcing him to hop home.  He manages to sleep for a few months in an old abandoned Starbuck’s, where he brews espresso in a jug—until he is chased off by wild swans.  Since he is more than twelve hours late, his wife remarries.  Upon his return his friends all laugh and throw éclairs. 

            However, through the months that follow, more people decide to visit Recall—no doubt due to our salesman’s misadventure.  In fact, so many people decide to visit that the state eventually decides to put in a much shorter, more direct route.  This route is able to better accommodate the traffic for some time.  And even later, the road gets so much traffic that the state decides to make the route a 4-lane state highway.

            Much like the Alabama department of transportation, the brain is constantly building connections and improving our neural network to respond to our needs.  This is how rote memorization works—which requires far more time and effort.  My goal is to do it all the lazy man’s way, putting forth as little effort as possible to achieve the same goal.  Lazy men are often technological innovators, you see.

            Have you ever used a search engine?  Most of you have.  You may have encountered tags—keywords which help a website get noticed by a search engine.   When searching, if a query resembles a website’s tag, it will list the website as a possible query result.  Generally speaking, then, more tags embedded within a page mean that the page is more likely to get noticed by a search engine.  The seven tags used by this system are as follows:  pictorial, sound-alike, rhyme, alliteration, acronym, absurdity, and numeric.


Approaches to Memorization



There are several common types of mnemonics devices.  In the first, the 'pictorial' approach, one visualizes a familiar area with his imagination.  It might be a backyard, a household room, or even a made-up street—perhaps 'Memory lane'.  Using the imagination, items from a list are placed in stationary positions within the room.  An imaginary trip through the room reminds you of all the items on the list.  This approach is highly personal, though, so it will have to be modified for our methods.

            At the core of the 'pictorial' technique is mental imagery.  Specific words, such as ‘lamb’ and ‘crossbow’ immediately convoke images, and therefore utilize more parts of the brain than less-specific words, such as ‘mammal’ and ‘weapon’.  Perhaps there is truth to the old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words.

            A useful method for remembering complex numeric sequences will be expounded upon in a later section.  In it, the numbers 0-9 are each given a consonant—one that closely resembles the number it represents.  As in the Hebrew language, vowels are omitted, so it becomes easy to make up words and phrases that represent the sequences.  I use this numeric approach combined with the 'sound-alike' and 'pictorial' approach to represent specific scriptures.  It sounds complicated, right?  In this situation, diversity is good; for it exercises more parts of your brain, thus increasing brain power.

            Poems and songs work well, because of the imagery and rhyme scheme involved.  Silliness also adds makes items easier to remember.  In my experience, the more absurd, large, or bizarre something is, the easier it is for it to stick out from the other mundane details.  As such, some of the mnemonic devices herein are silly—but not trivial.

            The first approach I applied to mnemonics is what I call the 'sound-alike' approach.  This uses the auditory part of your brain to help retrieve stored information.  In this approach, syllables sound enough like English words to remind the listener of a sentence which serves to give a brief description of that individual.  Here is an example to illustrate:

 

            Drusilla:          Felix' wife drew silly pictures

 

            There's not too much about Drusilla in the Bible, except that she was Felix' wife.  The 'drew silly' sounds like Drusilla.  I honestly don't know whether she did or not, but it helps people to form a mental picture of that scene in their minds, again incorporating the pictorial approach.  It also incorporates absurdity.

            Short poems work well to stimulate recollection.  Due to the difficulty in finding a sound-alike for many Bible names, I often made use of rhythm and rhyme to drive home the information.  They seem to be, by and large, as effective as the sound-alike approach.

            Where possible, I have incorporated pronunciations into the mnemonic devices, via the use of words people commonly understand how to pronounce.  No human being knows exactly how the Hebrew names are supposed to sound, because the original Hebrew language never recorded vowel sounds in their writings.  However, there are pronunciations which are dominant in most religious communities.  I have always attempted to use the most common pronunciations used today for simplicity's sake.   

            My purpose behind the names is for to stimulate recall when names are spoken aloud.  That is, I hope that when you hear someone's name mentioned in a sermon or conversation, you immediately remember a key point or two about that individual. 

            So why did I delve into such detail over such a simple concept?  The reason is simply that I don't want people memorizing wrong information!  And I don't want you to look silly by going into a conversation and mispronouncing Bezaleel's name!  It never hurts to thoroughly analyze your source before blindly absorbing information.  Especially if that information is free.

            It is my sincere hope that, through thoroughly studying this text, many people will gain a fundamental recollection of the Bible that they otherwise would not have gained, and eventually be able to command a firm grasp of scripture. 

            So, without further ado, let us proceed to the memorization lists!


Memorization List

NAME

MNEMONIC

TYPE


Abel

Abel was slain

Rhyme



By his brother Cain.



Aholiab

A holy ark builder

Sound-alike


Amram

Aaron, Mirriam, and Moses' father.

Sound-alike


Abigail

David's new wife drank a big ale.

Sound-alike


Abednego

Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego,

Rhyme



Refused to worship gods of Babylon;




To a deadly furnace they would go,




But God saved them by His intervention.




Know God is faithful; that is our lesson.



Absalom

A rebellious prince is called Absalom-- 

Rhyme



David’s his dad and Maacah’s his mom.



Agabus

A GA* bus carried him to warn Paul *(Georgia)

Sound-alike


Ahasuerus

A hazardous Persian king

Sound-alike


Amalek

Ah'm like Esau's nomadic son

Sound-alike


Amos

A most unpopular prophet

Sound-alike


Andrew

Peter’s apostle brother sold fish.

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


So he went in and drew a goldfish.



Anna

The Prophetess Anna

Rhyme



Brought Christ a banana



Apollos

This Christian hated Apollo's shrine

Sound-alike


Asa

He’s righteous King Asa

Rhyme



And Jerusalem’s his place-a.



Asaph

Get David's chief musician, asap!

Sound-alike


Ashtoreth

Goddess Ashtoreth

Rhyme



Can’t grant life or death.



Athaliah

Athaliah and killer,

Rhyme



She slew her kin




So her reign over




Judah could begin.



Augustus

Roman Emperor had a-gusto

Sound-alike


Balak

MoaBalaking

Sound-alike



(Moab, Balak, and King in one word)



Balaam

Balaam served Baal,

Rhyme



But couldn’t curse Israel.



Barabbas

Barrabas tab is paid by Christ

Rhyme


Barak

Grab a rock and hug this judge

Sound-alike


Bartimaeus

Blind Beggar Bartimaeus

Rhyme



Was the son of Timaeus.



Baruch

Baruch was a writer




For Jeremiah



Barzillai

How many bars’ll I give David?

Sound-alike



Barzillai’s still wise;

Rhyme



He save-ed David and guys.



Bathsheeba

In the bath she bared all for David

Sound-alike


Belshazzar

Belshazzar's rule had come and gone

Rhyme



Another king of Babylon.



Bernice

Since she was Agrippa’s sister,

Rhyme



Bernice saw Paul’s trial disaster



Bethuel

Bethuel, son of Milcah,

Rhyme



Reared Rebekah.



Bezaleel

God put craftsman knowledge in Bezaleel's heart; 

Rhyme



He was chief builder for the tabernacle and ark.



Boanerges

Bold energies are needed for James' and John's job.

Sound-alike


Boaz

Boaz + Ruth = Booth *

Rhyme



* (Think about it.)



Caesar

Roman Emperors say "Sieze her!"

Sound-alike


Caiaphas

At Jesus' trial, the accuser was 

Rhyme



The Jewish high priest, Caiaphas.



Cain

Abel was slain

Rhyme



By his brother Cain.



Caleb

In Canaan, Caleb didn’t doubt;

Rhyme



Most other spies weren’t so devout.



Cephas

See, Peter has an Aramaic name!

Sound-alike


Chimham

See him ham up his thanks

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


To live among David's ranks.



Cleophas

Nearing Emmaus, Jesus passed

Rhyme



The renowned father Cleophas.



Cornelius

Cornelius the Centurion had a vision, 

Rhyme



Then met Peter and became Christian.



Cyrus

A king of Persia, Cyrus,

Rhyme



Wrote edicts on papyrus.



Dagon

With the day gone, pagans worship fish-god.

Sound-alike


David

David, shepherd-turned king,

Rhyme



Would often dance and sing.



Deborah

Debate o'er a female judge.

Sound-alike


Delilah

Delilah, Delilah

Rhyme



Samson's beguiler.



Demetrius

Silversmith and Dummy Demetrius

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


Caused a riot against Paul in Ephesus



Diana

Die and this god can’t resurrect you.

Sound-alike


Dorcas

‘Dis Disciple Dorcas died;

Rhyme



Peter brought her back to life.



Drusilla

Felix' wife drew silly faces.

Sound-alike


Eli

Delighted to meet

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


Samuel’s priest



Eliezer

Eliezer had Abraham's favor;

Rhyme



He was his most trusted servant labor.



Elijah

A lie just isn't an option for this prophet.

Sound-alike


Elizabeth

Lizard breath smells of rye,

Sound-alike



And John’s tobacco pie.*




* Elizabeth married Zachariah, and bore John the Baptist.



Elkanah

Elkanah, Hannah, Samuel

Rhyme


Enoch

We knock, but he's out, walking with God.

Sound-alike


Epaphras

A delegate of the church.

Rhyme



Epaphras helped convert.



Epaphroditus

Epaphroditus,

Rhyme



Same as Epaphras.



Esau

Esau easily waived his birthright

Both Alliteration & Rhyme


His descendants are Amalekites.



Esther

Is their Persian queen Jewish?

Sound-alike


Eutychus

You'd kiss him after his churchly fall and resurrection.

Sound-alike


Ezekiel

Prophet Ezekiel

Both Alliteration & Rhyme


Exposed Judah’s evil,




As they entered exile.



Ezra

Ezra says repent. 

Rhyme


Felix

Felix governed Judea,

Rhyme



And ran Paul's trial in Caesarea.



Festus

Festus followed Felix

Alliteration


Gamaliel

Gamaliel, teacher of Paul,

Rhyme



Taught him about Hebrew law.



Gehazi

Gehazi’s a good guy-sha

Rhyme



Because he helped Elisha



Gideon

Gideon wasn’t giddy

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


In Israel’s war vict’ry.



Goliath

Go lie down at the dirt,

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


You big Philistine jerk!



Haggai

Hey guy, let's rebuild the temple!

Sound-alike


Hannah

Elkanah, Hannah, Samuel *

Rhyme



* Elkanah and Hannah conceived Samuel



Herod

This Hairy idiot in Judea

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


Wanted to kill our savior.



Herodias

Herodias, granddaughter of Herod the Great

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


Asked him for John the Baptist’s head on a plate.



Hezekiah

He’s a kind-ah

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


King of Judah.



Hilkiah

Hilkiah, Hilkiah,

Rhyme



High priest with Josiah



Huldah

Huldah’s humanely helped her King Josiah.

Alliteration


Ishmael

ISHMAEL:  Infertile Sarah—Hagar the Maidservant and

Acronym



Abraham Engaged Lovemaking



Jacob

Jacob supplanted Esau,

Rhyme



And wed Leah and Rachel;




Had 12 sons and a daughter,




And then became Israel.



Jairus

Jairus, temple ruler, asked

Rhyme



For Jesus Christ to heal his lass.



James

James, same as Jacob

Rhyme


Jehoiada

Priest Jehoiada annoyed Athaliah; 

Rhyme



His rebellion slew her,          




And made Joash ruler.       



Jepthah

Judge Jepthah led Isr’el against Ammon in war;

Rhyme



For vict’ry, he made an oath he couldn’t afford:




Offer God the first thing to go through his home’s door;




So with sadness, his girl went to serve the Lord.



Jeremiah

Judah jeered Jeremiah

Both Alliteration & Rhyme

Jesse

Jesse was blessed to be David’s Dad.

Both Alliteration & Rhyme

Jethro

Since Midian made Jethro priest,

Rhyme



Moses cared for his plethora o’ sheep.



Joab

Not jovial to Absalom

Sound-alike


Job

Joylessly, Job Judged God

Alliteration


Jochebed

Jochebed, aunt and wife of Amram,

Rhyme



Birthed Moses, Aaron, and Mirriam.



Joel

Joel’s minor role:

Rhyme



To expose God’s goal.



Jonah

Jonah is sent,

Rhyme



Ninevans repent.



Jonathan

Gentle Jonathan,

Both Alliteration & Rhyme


Was Saul’s son,




And David’s chum.



Joseph

Remember the exile and promotion of Joseph

Rhyme



And know it's not easy to be God's chosen.



Joshua

He won't Josh you about conquering Canaan

Sound-alike


Josiah

Judah's King Josiah, the son of Amon,

Rhyme



Restored true God worship, but died a young man.



Julius

The centurion Julius was Paul's escort

Rhyme



From Cesarea to Rome, to go to court.



Korah

InKorahgible Israelite insurrectionist *

Both Sound-Alike and Alliteration


* Incorrigible



Laban

Laban's daughters Jacob both wed

Rhyme



He swapped Rachel for Leah instead.



Lazarus

Through Jesus, Mary was comforted

Rhyme



Since Lazarus was resurrected.



Leah

Leah, the wife Jacob loved less,

Rhyme



Bore six sons for God to bless.



Lois

Lois would be

Rhyme



Grandma of Timothy.



Lot

Lot and Abram's journey's split;

Rhyme



He went to Sodom for a bit;




He harbored angels in disguise;




God saved him from Sodom's demise.



Lucifer

Name Satan would lose for rebellion

Sound-alike


Luke

Luke the doctor wrote Luke and Acts too--

Rhyme



A gentile who aided Paul and crew.



Lydia

Lydia held church in her home,

Rhyme



To which Philippians would come.



Mahlon

Mahlon’s ruthless.

Sound-alike


Manoah

Samson’s dad—a man obedient to God

Sound-alike



Manson = Manoah + Samson

Sound-alike



Man oh man, it’s Samson’s dad!

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike

Matthias

Matthias was docile,

Rhyme



As the newest apostle.



Melchizedek

Melchizedek, eternal priest,

Rhyme



Is often known as Jesus Christ.



Mephibosheth

My fingers both shake” said Jonathan’s son.

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike

Merab

David fought to marry Merab, Saul's daughter

Both Alliteration & Rhyme


But she was given to another



Methuselah

Vitamins – the  method you use to live 969 years

Sound-alike


Moloch

Ammonia's good molecules *

Sound-alike



* Ammonite god Moloch



Mordecai

More the guy helps Esther, more the guy's honored.

Sound-alike


Naaman

Naaman led a large army;

Rhyme



Elisha saved him from leprosy.



Nabal

Un-nabally to king David

Sound-alike


Nahor

N.A.H.O.R.:

Acronym



Name AbraHam’s grandfathOR and brothOR



Nathan

None with David had more to say than

Rhyme



God's prophet Nathan.



Nebuchadnezzar

Nebuchadnezzar,

Rhyme



Babylonian aggressor,




And the most beastly king ever.



Nebuzaradon

Nebuchednezzar's guard captain, Nebuzaradon,

Rhyme



Burned Jerusalem, capturing men and maidens.



Nicodemus

Once a pharisee, Nicodemus

Rhyme



Became a follower of Jesus



Noah

Know about the ark

Sound-alike


Obed

Oh bid Ruth’s son goodbye



Og

O.G.:        Oppressive Giant

Acronym


Omri

Omri had a large army.

Sound-alike


Onesimus

Onesimus own knees must take him faster

Both Rhyme & Sound-alike


To carry a letter to Philemon, his master.



Orpah

Next on Orpah*:  Naomi’s daughter-in-law returns to Moab

Sound-alike



* Think of a certain TV talk show



Paul

It's a-pall-ing how he once persecuted Christians

Sound-alike


Peter

Another apostle was Simon-Peter;

Rhyme



From a fisher, he became a Christian leader.



Phoebe

Feebly, Phoebe, a key church lady,

Rhyme



Delivered Paul’s letter safely.



Pontius Pilate

Pontius Pilate, procurator, persecuted the Prince of Peace

Alliteration


Potiphar

The Egyption Potiphar bought

Rhyme



Joseph, we are taught.



Priscilla

Prisca, or Priscilla,

Rhyme



Was the wife of Aquilla.



Publius

Publius provisioned Paul, so he healed his Pa.

Both Alliteration & Rhyme

Rachel

Rachel was the wife Jacob loved more;

Rhyme



It was Joseph and Benjamin she bore.



Rahab

Rahab gave Israelite spies aid;

Rhyme



So she and her family were saved.




Rahab may have helped Israelite spies.

Rhyme


Rebekah

Rebekah helped Jacob trick

Rhyme



Esau, and her husband Isaac.



Rehoboam

Solomon’s son, Rehoboam was cruel

Rhyme



So Israel split, and diminished his rule.



Ruth

Ruth, daughter-in-law of Naomi,

Rhyme



Moved into Boaz' home-y.



Samson

Sam’s unimaginable strength

Rhyme


Samuel

Elkanah, Hannah, Samuel

Rhyme



S.A.M.U.EL.:        Shepard And Master, Under ELi.

Acronym


Sarah

Abram wed semi-sister Sarah;

Rhyme



Yet her womb was bare-ah.




God fulfilled his promise with Isaac,




So they had an heir-ah.



Seth

S.E.T.H:         Son, Eve's THird

Acronym


Sihon

Sinful Sihon, Amorite King

Both Alliteration & Rhyme


Fought Israel, for trespassing;




With God they won, notwithstanding.



Silas

Silus, a Christian leader,

Rhyme



Often helped Paul and Peter.



Terah

Tear-a-hole in Abram’s dad

Sound-alike


Timothy

Paul’s friend Timothy

Rhyme



Was a pastor and missionary.



Titus

Titus was a missionary, a friend of Paul,

Rhyme



But a pastor most of all.



Tobiah

The Ammonite Tobiah

Rhyme



Opposed Nehemiah



Uriah

Uriah the Hittite Bathsheeba wed:

Rhyme



To have her, David wanted him dead.



Uzzah

To Jerusalem, Uzzah tried

Rhyme



To return the ark—and died.



Zadok

Say doc, where’s the high priest?

Sound-alike


Zebedee

Zebrafish delish;

Sound-alike



Father, mark the john.



Zechariah

Lizard breath smells of rye,

Sound-alike



And John’s tobacco pie. * See Elizabeth



Zedekiah

The last king of Judah, Zedekiah,

Rhyme



Sought council from Jeremiah



Zerubbabel

He built the new temple in Jerusalem;

Rhyme



This governor would rub a bell with Clem.



Ziba

Ziba zealously served Saul

Alliteration


Zipporah

Moses’ wife sewed his zipper on

Sound-alike


 


MEMORIZING SCRIPTURE WITH MNEMONICS

 

 

There exist several ways for memorizing the books in which particular scriptures are found.  One can memorize the number of a particular book, and encode that information into a word of the mnemonic.  That is more effort than is necessary for our purposes.  I therefore recommend one of two different approaches:

 

1.       Memorize the word and picture of an object which sounds similar to the book name.  This is the pictorial approach.

2.      Memorize a series of letters based on the book name, from which words can be constructed and inserted into the mnemonic.  This is the sound-alike approach.

 

Next, we come to the critical part—memorizing series of numbers as words.  The letter-for-number approach is well-known, and should prove useful for memorizing information even beyond scriptures, such as memorizing the telephone numbers of people you hit it off with at parties.  Remember that the numbers refer to sounds, not letters—so ‘tt’ has the same sound as ‘t’.  Most consonants are represented, but it is left to the encoder to choose proper vowels and form meaningful words which will be remembered.  Here goes:


THE NUMBER ALPHABET

 

#

LETTER

HOW TO REMEMBER

1

T,D

Each letter has one downstroke

2

N

Written with 2 downstrokes

3

M

Written with 3 downstrokes

4

R

The last letter of '4' is 'R'

5

L

The roman numeral L = 50

6

J, SH, CH, soft J

6' resembles a backwards 'j'

7

K

K' looks like two '7's


8

F, PH

8' resembles lowercase script 'f'

9

P, B

9' resembles a backwards 'P'

0

S, Z, soft C

0' begins with Z


 

COMMON FILLER WORDS WHICH CONTAIN NO NUMBERS

 

A, ah, aha, awe, aye, ewe, eye, ha, hah, hath, hay, hee, hey, hue, Hugh, thaw, owe, the, thou, though, thy, we, wee, way, whey, whoa, why, woe, Yahweh, yay, yeah, you, yow.

 

           

           The mnemonic ‘Robot Eye’ (a robot's silly-looking eye) refers to Isaiah.  However, a problem becomes apparent.  ‘Robot’ has three consonants in 'Robot' –R, B, and T—so is it Isaiah 4:91 or 49:1?  If you’re familiar with Isaiah, it should be obvious.  But problems like this are not always so.

Consequently, I decided it was necessary for a sound to represent the colon.  Since virtually all consonant sounds have been taken by the number system, it made some sense to represent the colon by the vowel that most closely resembles the colon:  a lower-case i.  So, anytime an 'i' is used in the scripture part of the mnemonic, it represents a colon!

Upon making the change, we change the mnemonic to ‘Rabbit Eye’, unmistakably referencing Isaiah 49:1.  But, how might one remember what the verse is about?  The only apparent solution is to choose more words to make the scripture more obvious!  Granted, this complicates the system further—but the system becomes quite useful if properly understood.  The best way to explain further is via examples.


EXAMPLES:

EXAMPLE 1

 

SCRIPTURE:              Exodus 20:8  "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

 

 

                                                [Description]     [Book]     [Verse]

            MNEMONIC:            Sabbath holy      eggs:     a nosy wife.  

                                                  Exodus    2 0      :8

 

‘Sabbath holy’ summarizes the verse.  ‘Eggs’ represents the book; and ‘a nosy wife’ represents chapter 20 and verse 8.  Remembering the picture of the eggs with the verse should make it simpler to remember.

 

EXAMPLE 2

 

            SCRIPTURE:              2 Tim 3:16   All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine,

                                                    for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
      
            
            MNEMONIC:            Inspired mid-show timer, 

 

 

The word ‘inspired’ should allow for easy recall about the point of the verse.  For 2nd Timothy, we use ‘timer’.  Since it obviously refers to a book, it does not make any difference whether it precedes or follows a scripture mnemonic.

 

 

           EXAMPLE 3

 

            SCRIPTURE:             Gen 26:5   “…because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My                                             
                                                    commandments, My statutes, and My laws."

 

            MNEMONIC:            Abraham obeyed again, on Joy hill.

 

 

            This time, instead of the pictorial approach, we chose the sound-alike approach in order to allow flexibility.  The summary of the verse:  Abraham obeyed.  ‘Again’, with the consonant sounds hard g and n, refers to Genesis.  The next important letters are n, j, i, and l—26:5. 

 

 

EXAMPLE 4

 

            SCRIPTURE:             Pro 14:12   There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

 

MNEMONIC:            There’s a way to pave Triton!              (the largest moon of Neptune)

 

 

Titan, of course, is Neptune’s largest moon.  Paving it would be nearly impossible, but may become necessary if department stores keep growing.  But that’s another story.  To remember the gist of the verse, we retain, “There’s a way”.   The word pave has the consonants p and v, referring to the book of Proverbs, as mentioned in the next section.  Triton contains the letters t, r, i, t, and n:  1, 4, :, 1, and 2 respectively. 

The method used for encoding book names is detailed in the next section.

Scripture Mnemonics


These scripture mnemonics all utilize the systems discussed previously.  After going through the sentences mentally a few times, try to find them in your bible by decoding them.

SCRIPTURE

MNEMONIC (SOUND-ALIKE)

Gen 26:5

Abraham obeyed again, on Joy hill.

Num 14:34

Day for year, near tear, I'm here.

Deut 30:19

Choose life, dream messiah teepee.

Psa 55:17

At noon pray; same low wall I take.

Psa 146:3

Don’t Princes trust Sam to rush?   I may.

Pro 14:12

There’s a way to pave Triton!  (Neptune's moon)

Ecc 9:10

Your hand might cleanse pits.

Isaiah 58:13

My Sabbath delight said "Lou, fight me."

Ezekiel 18:4

Soul sins die, seal day fire.

Micah 6:8

Walk humbly, make shoe if away.

Matt 5:19

Teach men, break meat.  Lay it, dopey.

Matt 6:33

Seek first mate.  We wash,  I mime.

Matt 7:23

The lawless depart,  meet ache in may.

Matt 13:12

More will be given, mitt to mitten.

Matt 16:18

Hell rock church: meet, touch, hit off.

Matt 19:6

Separate flesh, meet diapah itch.

Matt 24:21

Great tribulation must ne'er win out.

Mark 7:7

They vainly worship Mark Kick.

Luke 6:46

Say Lord, do you like chewy, hairy hash?”

Luke 9:62

Hands plow like Abe.  Which one?

Luke 21:36

Worthy escape, lucky on-time watch.

John 6:44

The Father draws Jane, showy hirer.

John 15:3

Pass Earth laws, Jenny.  Lead off.

John 15:13

Love life, friends, join Deal Item.

John 15:16

Choose appointed fruit--Janet will hit each.

John 18:36

Kingdom servants fight in June--eat high wage.

Acts 2:38

Repent baptized spirit art, now I'm off.

Rom 1:20

He’s clearly seen—Rome dines!

Rom 7:12

Holy just law, ram kitten.

Rom 8:28

All work together, arm a fine few.

Rom 12:1

Present body sacrifice, ram, tone it.

1 Cor 2:9

Eye seen, flock nippy.

1 Cor 10:12

Lest you fall, fake-toss it now.

1 Cor 15:50

Flesh inherits funky tea.  We let loose.

1 Cor 15:51

Be changed, folk tale Willy hat.

2 Cor 4:4

The aged mind blinded psycho hero Ira.

2 Cor 6:14

Unbelievers yoked sack-show hider.

Gal 2:20

Live in me by faith, new wines.

Eph 4:26

The sun’s wrath—oops, rain show.

Phil 2:13

Work, tremble, pull on down.

Phil 4:13 

Strengthen, pull, ride ‘em .

1 Thess 4:17

Clouds meet together, father.  Right hook!

Heb 12:6

Love chastens a hobo.  Yay, tunic show!

Heb 13:8

Yesterday and today, humble thy tummy, wife.

1 Tim 5:23

Wine-fat lay in me.

2 Tim 1:7

The Spirit love power sought Dick.

2 Tim 3:16

Inspired sight mid-show

James 5:14

Anoint sick, elder Jim Litter.

1 Pe 2:21

You called; follow flip ninny hat.

1 Pe 3:15

Defense ready of ape middle.

2 Pe 1:20

Private interpretations seep out in sea..

1 Jn 5:3

Keep burdensome love of age:  limey.

Rev 22:12

Quickly, reward the raven--night now.



SOME EASY ONES


Num 32:23

Num mun num.   Or:  Will sin find you out?  No ma'am, new name

John 17:17

Sanctify them by Your truth.  Your word is truth.   (truth twice, 17 twice)

1 Cor 15:51

We shall not all sleep, but be changed (15's order is changed)

2 Cor 4:4

Blind mind, two corr, four four.  (SEE ABOVE ALSO)

 

2 Peter 2

False teachers need to pee too.

 


We have now seen two different practical systems for memorizing scripture.  In the first, one can remember pictures to show bible books, and in the second, one can remember a combination of consonants and make various words with them.  Perhaps one will work for a scripture if the other does not, so try experimenting.

 

The final part of this booklet deals with memorization of useful lists.  They should all be self-explanatory.


List Mnemonics


THE 12 APOSTLES:

(Author unknown)

 

This is the way the disciples run:

Peter, Andrew, James and John;

Phillip and Bartholomew;

 Thomas next, and Matthew, too.

James the less and Judas the greater

Simon the zealot and Judas the traitor

 

THE 13 TRIBES TODAY:

 

The man states, the roofer rants:                     Manasseh         U.S.                 Reuben            France

Finland is a car!” He chants.                             Issachar           Finland                       

Ash's bell looks at Gad's switch;                       Asher               Belgium           Gad                 Switzerland

Holland's zebra's in a ditch!                                 Zebulun           Holland

In Dan's den on Ira's land,                                  Dan                    Ireland

No one naps, we don't binge nor stand.             Naphtali           Sweden            BenjamiNorway

Though Judah is now mostly scattered,            Judah               Scattered         

Some are Britishthe frame is shattered.”      Ephraim           Britain

[Ephraim & Manasseh—AKA Joseph]

 

 

TEN PLAGUES ON EGYPT:

Blood froths naturally; flies like boiled hail. Locate darkness first.

 

RIGHTEOUS KINGS:

After the kingdom divided, only eight kings could be called righteous, and they all ruled Judah:

 

Hezekiah      Asa                     Azariah   Amaziah    Jehoshaphat    Jotham       Joash       Josiah

 

His               astounding         azure         amazon     jests                 jovially,     joshing    Josie.

 


UNRIGHTEOUS KINGS (in just 3 words):

 

Unjust and unimportant.

 

PROPHETS

PRE-ABRAHAM

PATRIARCHAL

JUDGES

MONARCHY

ISRAEL

Adam

Abram

Assir

Eli

Nathan

Ahajah

Seth

Isaac

Joshua

Gideon

Gad

Macaiah

Enos

Jacob

Phinehas

Elkanah

Abimelech

Beeri

Enoch

Joseph

Boaz

Samuel

Abiathar

Hosea

Methuselah

Job

Beor

 

Shemaiah

Amos

Noah

Caleb

Balaam

 

Iddo the Seer

Jonah

Shem

Hur

 

 

 

Elijah

Salah

Jethro

 

 

 

Elisha

Eber

Moses

 

 

 

Oded the Samarian

Melchizedek

Aaron

 

 

 

 

JUDAH

CAPTIVITY

POST-CAPTIVITY

PROPHETESSES

Oded the Exhorter

Zechariah

Daniel

Ezra

Eve

Esther

Azariah

Micah

Ezekiel

Haggai

Sarai

 

Hanari

Nahum

Mordecai

Malachi

Rebekah

 

Jehu

Maaseiah

Seraiah

Nehemiah

Leah

 

Jahaziel

Neriah

 

Zechariah

Rachel

 

Eliezer

Jeremiah

 

 

Miriam

 

Obadiah

Baruch

 

 

Deborah

 

Joel

Zephaniah

 

 

Hannah

 

Zechariah

Habakkuk

 

 

Ruth

 

Amoz

Uriah

 

 

Abigail

 

Isaiah

 

 

 

Huldah

 

PRE-ABRAHAM

Add some enamel--enough metal.  No shepherd's salad ever melted.

 






PATRIARCHAL

Abrasions inside jackets jostle jobless Californians, hurting jewelers, most airlines, and junk finders.  Boys bore badly.

 






JUDGES

Eli gives Elkanah sausage.




 






MONARCHY

Nature goes after abnormal, sheltered idealists.


 






ISRAEL

A midget bears horrible American jokes, extending elbows outward.

 






JUDAH

Odors abound--handwashing jumps.  Justice elites obligate Joel's zany amigos

 

into zany military nations.  Masses narrowly join, building zoo habitats underneath.

 






CAPTIVITY

Daniel's estranged mother shaves.



 






POST-CAPTIVITY

Easy--haggling maliciously nets zilch.



 






PROPHETESSES

Eventually Sarah rebounds, leading races, merrily dashing haphazardly, running

 

about hilly expanses.






Conclusion

 

            To make the most of this system, two things should be memorized first:  the number alphabet, and the Sound-Alike column of the Bible code key.  That should be all that is necessary to decode the everything in the included Scripture Mnemonics section.  Afterward, I recommend frequent reviews.  While you read, always visualize in your mind to improve recollection. So test yourself.  Come up with a name and see if you can remember anything about that individual using the supplied mnemonics.  If not, perhaps more review is in order. 

            I hope that this gives you the foothold you need to remember more about the bible, and leads to an increase in the quality of your life.  Feel free to get ambitious on your own time, even distribute more mnemonics to others if you so desire.  And as always, don’t forget to read the Bible! 

 

 

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