This is my first post, however I have been lurking on the forum for a while now trying to get some answers. I appreciate any help you guys can give.
Situation: I recently finished memorizing the Gospel of Luke from the Bible (just text, not verse numbers), it took me a year and a half and I used solely Rote memorization. I’ve come to the realization that in order to recall it I will have to continually be reviewing it, and as I’m looking to start memorizing other books of the Bible it led me to see if there are better methods to memorize scripture in order to be able to recall it later. My research led me here.
What I am looking to accomplish: Memorize scripture in a way that years from now I will be able to recall it, given a consistent review schedule.
My current plan:
- Break text into individual verses.
- Read text out loud (maybe 5-10 verses) multiple times to get familiar.
- Strip down the text to only the first letter of each word, and use as reference as I continue to quiz myself.
- Strip down text to only the first 3 letters (first 3 words) of each verse and continue to quiz myself.
- Review into oblivion.
This method has proven successful for me, it’s basically a systematic way to do Rote. I know its not mnemonics, but I’ve noticed that when I recite verses I will mentally visualize the location of the words from whatever page I memorized them off of. When I reduce the text down to the first letters only, it allows me to visualize less data, if that makes sense, and makes it seemingly easier to recall. I’ve also noticed that I typically only need the first few words of the verse to be able to recite the whole thing. My consistent review (typically done speaking out loud) fills in the gaps for the rest.
The Problem: My biggest issue is being able to remember the first few words of each verse/section, and because of that I can’t remember the entire verse/section/chapter etc.
All that to say this; I would like to pursue a method to memorize the first letter of the first 3 words of every verse, which, if I can remember those letters, I believe I will have a much better time recalling all the text years from now.
I thought the PAO method using a memory palace might be the answer and I gave it a try. I assigned a person, action, and object to all 26 letters. What I came up with was confusion over a lot of the same letters being used in each verse. Since the letters “A” and “T” and a few others are used so much, so many of my images involved the same persons, actions, and objects revolving around those letters. My object for “T” is toaster, and in the first few sections I had so many toasters that I couldn’t keep track of them all. I did not completely exhaust this method, and this is the first time I’ve tried PAO and memory palace so it could be that I’m just not experienced enough. Regardless, given the unique nature of this memorization, I wanted to reach out to people with experience.
This is what I’m looking to memorize mnemonically for the entire Gospel of Luke:
Letters (3/verse): 3450
Basically, I need to memorize 1150 sets of 3 letters, or 3450 letters. For example, the first 5 verses of Luke (ESV translation) look like this; Iam, jat, isg, tym, Itd).
I broke it down by letter and found out that over 75% of these 3450 letters are taken up by only 7 different letters (a, t, w, h, s, b, i). In other words, if I use PAO, 75% of my images will be the ones used for those letters.
Do you guys know of a better way to do this? If you were in this situation what would you try?
Memorizing scripture is something I’ve grown to be very passionate about, so I really do appreciate anyone that takes the time to help point me in the right direction. Glad to be part of the forum!