About this Course
Back in the early 1980s, an organization called Light of the World Ministries put out a Bible memory course: Light of the World Scripture Memory Course.
The basic course consisted of five cassettes with 100 Bible verses. The advanced course consisted of fifteen cassettes with 300 Bible verses. The Bible verses were grouped into ten on a given topic, covering such topics as faith, healing, and prayer.
Memorization in this course occurred by repetition—as the old Latin saying goes, repetitio mater studiorum (repetition is the mother of studies). Yet the approach taken in this course was not one of mere rote repetition.
The idea was to hear ten Bible verses on a given topic, with a pause after each verse to give the listener time to review the verse in one’s mind or to say it out loud. Once all ten verses had been presented in this way, then the verses were hammered home by repeating them each three times, with no pauses.
While this is certainly useful for meditating on Scripture and internalizing its teaching, this is also a remarkably efficient way to memorize Scripture. Further, we believe this approach could be applied as a teaching tool for many other texts.
Therefore, we decided to dust off this course, transferring it from cassette to mp3. We’ve enhanced the sound as much as possible, but it remains obvious that these are old recordings. The version of the Bible here is also one that’s not as popular now as it was in the 1980s, namely, the King James Version.
Nonetheless, we wanted to share this Bible memory course with you. Many people like to memorize Scripture. And many English speakers still regard the King James Version as the most beautiful English translation of the Bible.
We’d like your feedback on this course. Just go to a biblical topic that interests you (see table of contents below) and download the mp3 of the verses associated with that topic. Then listen and see how readily you can memorize these verses.
Let us know how well this works for you, what you think might be improved (other than the sound quality, which we recognize is not optimal), and whether you might be interested in having the same course in a different translation of the Bible (NIV? NRSV?) — or whether you might even want this approach to memorize poetry or famous quotes. Please leave your comments below.
Consider this Bible memory course as a free service from TheBestSchools.org that you might find helpful in your studies and personal growth, but also as an experiment and work in progress.
(Note: TBS tried diligently to track down the original Light of the World Ministries responsible for this Bible memory course, but without success. Other Light of the World Ministries have emerged since, but appear unrelated to the one responsible for this Bible memory course.)