I have found that the easiest way to memorize the Old Testament books is by memorizing them within their genre categories.

Five Genre Categories

For memorization purposes, I have divided the Old Testament genre categories into five categories instead of six.

The five categories are:

  1. Pentateuch
  2. Historical Books
  3. Poetic/Wisdom Books
  4. Major Prophets
  5. Minor Prophets.

The 5 x 12 by 5 by 5 x 12 Formula

Three of the five categories have five books; and two of the five categories have 12 books.

Memorizing the formula 5 x 12 by 5 by 5 x 12 will help tremendously with memorizing the Old Testament books.

Here are the divisions of the five categories and the books that are placed in those categories:

Pentateuch (5):

  1. Genesis
  2. Exodus
  3. Leviticus
  4. Numbers
  5. Deuteronomy

Historical Books (12):

  1. Joshua
  2. Judges
  3. Ruth
  4. 1 Samuel
  5. 2 Samuel
  6. 1 Kings
  7. 2 Kings
  8. 1 Chronicles
  9. 2 Chronicles
  10. Ezra
  11. Nehemiah
  12. Esther

Poetic/Wisdom Books (5):

  1. Job
  2. Psalms
  3. Proverbs
  4. Ecclesiastes
  5. Song of Songs

Major Prophets (5):

  1. Isaiah
  2. Jeremiah
  3. Lamentations
  4. Ezekiel
  5. Daniel

Minor Prophets (12):

  1. Hosea
  2. Joel
  3. Amos
  4. Obadiah
  5. Jonah
  6. Micah
  7. Nahum
  8. Habakkuk
  9. Zephaniah
  10. Haggai
  11. Zechariah
  12. Malachi

Memorization Isn’t Mandatory

You don’t have to memorize the books of the Bible, but memorization is very helpful for navigating the Word of God.

If you don’t already have the books of the Old Testament memorized, I challenge you to try this method of memorization and determine if it is helpful to you!