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Bible Quizzing Study Methods

The following bible quizzing study methods have been taken from many different sources. Everyone is different and some methods may not work well for you, but I encourage you to try them and use what works for you.

  1. First Letter Quote Cards
  2. Repetition Reading
  3. Memorization
  4. Short Term Memory
  5. Unique Words
  6. Questions
  7. Listen and Repeat
  8. Question Writing
  9. Copy Scripture
  10. How To Memorize The Genealogy of Jesus

First Letter Quote Cards

This method is a great way to help you review the material you are memorizing. Rather than just following along and reading the words as you memorize, try writing the first letter of each word. For example, John 3:16 would look like this: John 3:16 F G S L T W T H G H O A O S, T W B I H S N P B H E L.

Another variation of the previous example would look like this: John 3:16 F-- G-- S- L---- T-- W---- T--- H- G--- H-- O-- A-- O--- S--, T--- W------ B------- I- H-- S---- N-- P----- B-- H--- E------ L---.

Repetition Reading

This is a very effective way of getting to know the material but it takes allot of patience. Repetition works for everyone, it's just not easy for everyone.

  1. Read verses 1-5, each five times.
  2. Read verses 1-5, once.
  3. Read verses 6-10, each five times.
  4. Read verses 1-10, once.
  5. Read verses 11-15, each five times.
  6. Read verses 1-15, once.
  7. Continue this way until you reach the end of the chapter.

Note:The point is Repetition works. If you don't have the patience to read this way, try reading each verse 2 times.


The best way to memorize is to first become familiar with the material. Start by reading each chapter as many times as you can. Only start memorizing the material after you know it well. Read it at least 50 times. Spread it out over a couple of weeks and read it over and over.

I prefer to read because by reading I'm learning it word perfect. Many people have suggested paraphrasing and getting the general idea first. If you do it this way you will catch yourself saying things that aren't in the material which means you will get errors.

Short Term Memory

This is an interesting and possibly good concept. Memorize what you can and don't worry about remembering it tomorrow. The theory behind this is that it is better to memorize now and forget some than read it once and forget all. If you don't have a lot of time this is a great way to study. Just study enough to quote word for word the verse, chapter, or whatever you are studying and then quit. Don't worry about trying to quote it over and over again or remembering it later.

Unique Words

In bible quizzing “unique words” refers to word that are only used on time in that years material. It is a good idea to memorize unique words and their verses. Take for example Hebrews 4:12; The question is “what is sharper….” and someone jumps, if sharper was used more than once it could be hard to decide what verse the question is from. But because it is only used one time you know it has to be Hebrews 4:12. The question then would be “what is sharper than any double edged sword?” Study Unique words whenever you want to do something different besides your regular studying, but don’t make it a habit of spending a large amount of time with them instead of your other ways of studying, because Unique words don’t do you any good if you can’t remember anything about the verse from which the unique word is taken.


Most every quizzer uses questions as part of their studying but don't spend more time using questions in your study time than you do the scripture itself. Learning the Scripture is what makes good quizzers. You will never see a regional or national level quizzer that does not have most of the Scripture memorized. Using Questions are good just don't spend more time on questions than you do memorization. Learn the Scripture well first, then study questions.

However, we will all use questions sometime in our study. Always try to cover the answer and if you don't know it look it up rather than just uncovering it. Also try recording yourself with a recorder (preferably handheld). Then play the recording and when you come to the place where you think you know the answer press stop. Then play it again and see how you did.

Listen and Repeat

Listening to a CD is a popular way for a lot of people to study. But, there is another way to use a CD in order to study. Take your CD and speak at the same time as the person on the CD or Cassette is. Simply try and repeat word for word what is being said. Try to stay about a half second behind. It’s kind of the same thing that we’ve all done at one time or another when trying to annoy someone. It’s an easy and fun way to do something different. The only problem is that some CD’s are dramatized and so they take forever to say some things.

Question Writing

I have said that I don't spend much time using question because I believe that it is much better to work on memorizing. However, I have heard many national level quizzers talk about Writing questions rather that just studying question. I think that writing questions is great thing because you learn how to form questions on your own. It's no fun when your new to bible quizzing or inexperienced and you jump on a question but don't know how to finish the question even if you know the material. I suggest writing question until forming question from a verse becomes second nature. Once you get the hang of it you can stop. If a quizzer memorizes the material and know how to form questions on their own they will be very hard to beat in a competition.

Copy Scripture

This is just what it sounds like. This is a very good way to learn new material. Just take some paper or a computer and get your bible and just start copying the scripture word for word. This works really well only on smaller portions. Try not to do more than one paragraph at a time and do it over and over until you can almost do it without looking. Then you can try to quote it without looking.

How to memorize the Genealogy of Jesus

This is a very simple way to memorize what seems like an impossible thing to do, I have seen hundreds of kids in children’s church memorize the books of the Bible and there are 66 books in the Bible. There are only 10 more names in the Genealogy of Jesus for Luke and even less in Matthew.

So here's how you memorize it. Put it in list form starting with the father of all which is God, and then his son Adam and then his son Seth, and then his son Enosh. The list should look like this: God, Adam, Seth, Enosh. If someone was to ask you who was the son of God you would say Adam. If someone asked you who was the son of Adam, you would say Seth. It’s so easy once you have the list down to start from anywhere on the list and quote the next name in order. Just look how easy it is for most people to tell you what book is after Psalms. Most people don’t have to start from Genesis and quote all the books until they get to Psalms. They simply say in their head “Psalms, Proverbs”. The son is always the next person on the list.

In Matthew the questions are formed like "Who was the Father of...." Start with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc. Once you have the list down it is very easy to think of which one comes before the one mentioned in the question. It's the reverse of the Luke Genealogy. This is the Matthew Genealogy. Start with Column One then Move on to column 2, and then on to 3. Learn the first one well before moving on.

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Judah And his brothers
Perez And Zerah Whose mother was Tamar
Boaz Whose mother was Rahab
Obed Whose mother was Ruth
King David
Solomon Whose mother had been Uriah's wife
Jeconiah And his brothers at the time of exile to Babylon
Joseph The husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ

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