How do you memorize the Old Testament chapters?

The best way to learn a long list of words is by learning them in sections, then making flash cards for each section.

This is called the Index Card Method of studying - it works for any list of words you have to memorize. Write out all your cards and keep the stack with you wherever you go! Whenever you have to wait, or have a few free minutes, take out your cards and see how much you can remember. Whenever you get one card totally learned, turn that card over and put it on the bottom of your stack. Once all the cards are turned over, you have learned the books of the Old Testament!

Here's one way to divide them into sections for each card:

  • Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy (Called THE LAW)
  • Joshua, Judges, Ruth (sounds like Joshua judges Ruth, get it!??) \
  • 1 &2 Samuel, 1&2, Kings, 1&2 Chronicles (the numbers books in reverse alphabetically order)
  • Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job
  • Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiates, The Song of Solomon ( THE WRITINGS of David and Solomon)
  • Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentaions, Ezekiel, Daniel (THE PROPHETS)
  • Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah (the 12 minor Prophets, group 1)
  • Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk (the 12 minor Prophets, group 2)
  • Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi (the 12 minor Prophets group 3)

Notice that this contributor has also made headings or groups for each section - grouping your information into sensible sections also helps you to memorize, because you can think "What goes into the ___ section?" and help jog your memory that way.