How to Memorize the Books of the Bible

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Finding a verse in the Bible is greatly simplified when you have memorized the order of the books written. Memorizing can be done by anyone. Everyone knows the Bible is divided by the Old and New Testament. However, there's another way to break down the books that could make it easier to remember them.

List the different segments of the Old Testament as Letters of Moses, History of Israel, Wisdom Books, Major Prophets and Minor Prophets. List the New Testament as Life of Jesus and the Early Church, Paul's Letters, Apostle Letters and Revelation.

List the books within each one. Revelation stands alone. The others are Hebrews, James, 1-2 Peter, 1-2-3 John and Jude under Under Apostles, and Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1-2 Thessalonians, 1-2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon under Paul's Letters. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Acts are under the Life of Jesus. In the Old Testament, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy are under Letter of Moses. History covers Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. The Wisdom Books are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. The Major Prophets are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentation, Ezekiel and Daniel. The Minor Prophets are Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

Take each segment and read through it a few times. Put the books in a tune that you may remember like the Lone Ranger theme. When the first segment is memorized, go on to the second segment using the same method although you may change the theme song. When that segment is memorized, review the last segment with the current segment, then move on to the next one.

Make flash cards to help you review the books in order.


  • After you have memorized them, review them every now and then so you won't forget them.

Items you will need

  • Bible


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