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    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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