I find that daily memorization is one of those habits that ebbs and flows. I tend to learn a chapter or so, and then take a break. When I’m learning a chapter, yes, the key is to learn at least one new verse a day, while also renewing the verses I’ve learned so far.
I found a book once that recommended learning one daily verse for a month, then two daily verses the next month, and so on up to a max of about five verses per day. (More on that here: http://howtoremember.biz/cumulative-method) It depends how much time you want to spend. For me, one or two new verses per day is about right for how much time I want to spend every day.
I used to use Anki to review individual verses, but I found that the randomization destroyed the context, which seemed to offset any gains I would have achieved with the spaced repetition.
With Scripture, I think that, rather than using a tool like Anki, an easier choice is to “over review”, simply saying a large chunk every day, because it really doesn’t take long to say the verses, and you keep them in context. (Here’s my daily schedule: http://howtoremember.biz/learn/new-daily-memory-routine)
Once you’ve learned the whole chapter, then, for long-term memorization, I suggest simple schedulng (the whole chapter once a month for a year, then every three months for the next year, etc.). Then you can write the chapter on your calendar, and most people would rather do that than commit to checking Anki or another flashcard program.
But I’m curious to hear what spatial methods you use for large amounts of text. So far my books are geared to beginners, so they’re only learning a chapter or two. But I agree that, for an entire book of the Bible, you might need some loci. When I first learned Mark, I used a mnemonic for every verse, but I found that ultimately distracting and too much work. I’m actually trying to forget those mnemonics!
I’ve thought about using one mnemonic per story. Or even one mnemonic for a whole chapter. The new chapters I’ve learned since then really do seem to hang together without mnemonics.
What do you do? Anyone else? There are some other interesting threads on this forum about memorizing Scripture with loci, but so far the discussions seem to center on mnemonics for every verse, or even every word. I’d love to hear if anyone else has had success using them “sparingly”, one per story or chapter.