Answered By: Ann Moriarty
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2021     Views: 0

Start with the library's discovery tool, Summon, then try subject-specific databases*, after searching them go for the library catalog and/or Google Scholar (access GS from the library's A-Z database list).

The core search techniques are keyword phrase searching, truncation and search queries (combine multiple search terms). A search query uses Boolean Operators to connect the search terms. 

You can use the same search techniques for Summon, the databases & Google Scholar. For this assignment use these databases listed in this guide curated by the Biblical Studies librarian:

Religion and Philosophy Collection 
Religion Database (1986 - current)
Christian Periodical Index - this is fruitful, but you'll have to use ILL to get the full-text. The two religion databases will have full-text, remember to check the box, Limit to Full-Text

Suggested Keyword Search Techniques:
memoriz* AND Bible 
memoriz* AND scripture 
memoriz* AND (scripture OR Bible)
"memorize scripture" AND benefits 
"memorize scripture" AND (importance OR significance OR value)

To search the library catalog change KEYWORD to SUBJECT and paste or type 

Bible -- Memorizing 

You should get (7) results, they are all print books. Submit a book request to ILL if you want any of these. 

Because there are not a lot of academic sources on this topic, you could use sources about the benefits of memorizing generally, such as its role in learning and extrapolate to scripture. For example:

E, Mahoney Robert and C. Curatola Knowles. 2010. "Do Students Need to Memorize Facts in the Digital Age?" Learning and Leading with Technology 37 (5): 6.


You could discuss the role memorization has in the Islamic faith. I found several of articles similar to this:

Berglund, Jenny and Bill Gent. 2018. Memorization and Focus : Important Transferables between Supplementary Islamic Education and Mainstream Schooling Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för de humanistiska och samhällsvetenskapliga ämnenas didaktik. doi:10.1007/s40839-018-0060-1.

Using the strategies described here are a few I found (not in any particular order):

Epp, Aaron. 2014. "'Sweet' Memories." Canadian Mennonite (Waterloo) 18 (23): 45.

Graham, W. A. (2005). Scripture. In L. Jones (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Religion (2nd ed., Vol. 12, pp. 8194-8205). Macmillan Reference USA.

Rahman, Mukaila Alade, Benjamin Segun Aribisala, Irfan Ullah, and Hammad Omer. 2020. "Association between Scripture Memorization and Brain Atrophy using Magnetic Resonance Imaging." Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis 80 (1): 90-97

Scorgie, Glen A. 2001. "Hermeneutics and the Meditative use of Scripture: The Case for a Baptized Imagination." Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 44 (2): 271

Smith, Elias, and General Convention of the Congregational and Christian Churches of the United States.
Herald of gospel liberty. Vol. 115, Christian Pub. Association [etc.], 1808-1930

Suderman, Brenda. 2018. "Memorizing the Word: WSO Cellist Says Efforts have Helped Him Better Understand Scripture." Winnipeg Free Press.

Walker, David. 2020. "Devotional Reading of the Scriptures." Australasian Catholic Record 97 (4): 387-396.

Westerfield, Gloria Jean. 2014. "Lectio Divina: A Contemplative Approach to Intimacy with God."ProQuest Dissertations Publishing

Wilson, John. 2011. "Changing Forever how You Think: Recovering the Lost Art of Scripture Memorization." Christianity Today (Washington) 55 (1): 40.

My favorite resource for this assignment is the publication Heard of Gospel Liberty. If the Gale link doesn't open for you

go directly to the database Sabin Americana: History of the Americas, 1500-1926, type or paste 

Herald of Gospel Liberty

from the table of contents you are looking for 

volumer 115, number 3 (18 Jan 1923)
in the reader the article is pages 1168-1169
the actual text pages 1166 (14) - 1167 (15)

the passage Bible Passages We Should Memorize and Why starts at the bottom left of the actual page 1166 (14)

Disclaimer: I have no idea if your professor agrees with me :)

Related Topics

    ASK 24/7 - Always open!

    Click here to chat directly with our Circulation department during most business hours.

    Click here to chat directly with our InterLibrary Loan department during most business hours.