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How to memorize books of the new testament

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are interested in Bible study, memorising the books of the New Testament will greatly facilitate locating a particular book thereby improving your ease of study. To memorise the 27 books of the New Testament, you need to choose a memorisation strategy that works best for you, such as flash cards, putting the list to music or creating a mnemonic device such as "General Electric Power Company" for the books Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. For some, creating an image or picture to associate with each book is another method to aid memorisation.

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  1. Divide the twenty-seven books into smaller groups and memorise each group. For example, the website "Mnemonic Device-eu" suggests this rhyme to learn the first six books of the New Testament: "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John; Acts and Romans follow on."

  2. Recite each group aloud as you commit it to memory until it becomes so familiar it can be recalled automatically. Familiarity of this nature is particularly associated with using a song as the memorisation device.

  3. Put the groupings together once you have memorised them individually. Recite them continuously and in the order in which the books occur in the Bible. Reinforce learning, by writing the names of the books on paper or a chalkboard.

  4. Tip

    Set aside time daily to work on memorisation until you have memorised all 27 books. Consider working with a partner to learn the books.

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Things You'll Need

  • Index cards
  • Bible
  • Pen

About the Author

Patricia Harrelson

Patricia Harrelson is a retired college English instructor who began writing in 1987. She writes about education, communication and theater in publications such as the "San Francisco Chronicle," "California English" and "Central Sierra Seasons." She specializes in Web content, including blogging for businesses. Harrelson has a Master of Science in speech pathology, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Antioch University.

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