Bible students, I’ve gotten far enough along to share some details of a system that I think collects most of the mnemonic techniques and adds some consistency and structure to verbatim text memorization of the Bible. Any other text memorization would also benefit from the system, I believe.
I’m doing more technical analysis of what’s behind this system in the Data analysis and modeling of memory systems topic. The generic process flow will be discussed there but adapted for the Bible here. You’ll see some technical terms sometimes, like following the process steps in parentheses, but I try to avoid them.
The name comes from Psalm 77:11. I welcome any feedback and suggestions for what has helped you. The endless repetition systems don’t seem to work for me as my natural memory has kept me from doing much memorization for 40 years.
The first main step is to strategize. The four things I found useful were:
- Choose objective for the kinds of information to store. (data type)
- Choose objective for how much information to store. (data scope)
- Choose objective for length of preferred time of retrieval. (retention period)
- Choose objective for speed in competition or flexibility for long-term memory. (encoding style)
@LaurianH, I think you wanted to start with
- verbatim Bible verses
- Genesis 1 and 2.
- For references to use when speaking
The next main step in verbatim text memorization is to familiarize yourself with the information. Here are the three main steps I thought summarized this:
- Increase your natural memory ability by seeing the information often. (experiential advantage)
- Understand the ways your information is organized. (context enrichment)
- Think about the information often. (recall reinforcement)
I’m guessing that most people wanting to memorize Bible verses are familiar with it. Otherwise the ways your natural memory will be increased for aiding the artificial system is through:
- reading passages you will be memorizing often
- pay attention to book, chapters, paragraphs, and verses
- recall the basic stories of the passages
The other main parts of the process that I’ll be talking about in future posts are:
I look forward to encouraging more people to “remember the deeds of the Lord.”