Methods of Bible Marking


The idea of Bible marking is to chain texts together to make a study that paints a picture of a particular subject. As with other things, there is more than one correct way to mark studies in your Bible. I will give you some choices. The exact method you choose will determine what tools you will need. For instance, if you don't use color, you will not need colored pencils or pens. If you don't underline, you won't need a ruler.

I would suggest that you open the first study, Benefits of Memorization in a new window (right-click on the hyperlink and select "Open in New Window." That way you can get a better idea of what is being explained in the paragraphs below.

Basics of Bible Marking

  • No matter what method you select, you should start your study in the back or front of your Bible. This way, you don't have to remember what text a study starts with--that becomes more difficult to do the more studies you mark. The exact way you write it depends on the method you use.
  • Beside each text, you will write at least the code of the study (Benefits of Memorization's code is MEM, or you could use BM if you prefer). That way, when you get to the text, you will see the next one to go to.
  • Depending on how many studies you decide to mark, you might want to add some pages to the back of your Bible. This can be done, but don't add too many. If you have blank pages, I would recommend alphabetizing the pages--one letter per page, or even 2 or 3--depends on how many pages you have. I have one letter per page. If you're doing more than two letters per page, give at least twice as much space for "S," since that has the most studies.
  • You will want to use abbreviations for the books of the Bible. Although the studies have the whole text spelled out, you will want to learn (if you don't already know) a list of abbreviations for the books.
  • Some people do not like (or do not have room) to put comments after texts. It is up to you to choose which you will do. Suggested comments are offered, but you should taylor the comments to suit you.

3 Different Methods

The nice thing about the 3 methods listed below is that you don't have to pick one and strictly abide by it. Pick what you like, and what will work for you, from the different methods--and then be consistent. By the way, I'm interested in knowing which method you use. Write me and let me know!

All three methods will use the Benefits of Memorization study as an illustration. If you haven't already, you should open this page in a new window so you can follow what is being presented.

Although you can use the abbreviation MB for Benefits of Memorization, the abbreviation given will be MEM for all three methods.

Anything you should write will be in bold face in the text below.

Method 1: Young Disciple's Method

Since most of the studies on this site are taken from Young Disciple magazine, it is only fair to share their method first!

Young Disciple recommends using a different color for each study. This method has its good and bad points. It makes different studies easy to spot, but when a text is in more than one study, this can be a problem. One example is John 14:15. All frequently used texts (used more than twice) will be indicated with an asterisk.

  1. On the blank page in the front or back of your Bible under "M" write Benefits of Memorization (MEM) Ps 119:11. With the colored pencil, underline what you have written.
  2. Turn to Psalm 119:11. Underline the text with a colored pencil. In the margin next to the text write, Helps us overcome sin! (MEM) Isa 50:4. Underline this with the colored pencil, too. In each text that follows, continue to use the pencil to underline the text and your marginal notes.
  3. Turn to Isaiah 50:4. In the margin write, Helps us witness. (MEM) 1Pet 3:15.
  4. Next to 1 Peter 3:15 write, (MEM) Heb 4:12.
  5. Continue in this manner untill you reach Jeremiah 33:14.
  6. Next to Jeremiah 33:14 write, God's promises have power! We need to know where they are! (MEM-End).

Method 2: My method

This method is what works best for me. It is a variation on a theme I learned when I was in my early teens. I think it is the best method--for me. If it works for you, wonderful!

I use only one color for underlining studies. And I don't always underline every text. So underline them if you want. I use other colors for underlining other things—like yellow for promises, blue for things I should do, etc. I personally use orange for marking, but you can use any color you want. For the purpose of color coordination on this website, I will use a berry purple instead of orange.

  1. On the blank page in your Bible labled "M" write Benefits of MEM orization Ps 119:11.
  2. Turn to Psalm 119:11. In the margine beside it write, MEM Helps us overcome sin! Isa 50:4. You can underline each text or not as you choose. You will notice that the code is in color. This is especially nice if you want color but don't want to underline.
  3. Turn to Isaiah 50:4. Beside it write, MEM Helps us witness. 1Pet 3:15.
  4. Next to 1 Peter 3:15 write, MEM Heb 4:12.
  5. Continue in the same manner until you reach Jeremiah 33:14.
  6. Next to Jeremiah 33:14 write, MEM God's promises . . . where they are! END

Did you notice how I wrote the first link in the chain in the back of my Bible? Instead of writing Benefits of Memorization (MEM), I wrote, Benefits of MEM orization. If you chose to use the abbreviation BM, you would write it this way: B enefits of M emorization.

Method 3

This is the method my mom uses, so I thought it was only fair to share it. Others use it, too. This method does not typically have comments.

  1. In the front or back of your Bible, write Benefits of Memorization, 1MEM: Ps 119:11.
  2. Turn to Psalm 119:11 and in the margin beside it write, 2MB: Isa 50:4.
  3. Turn to Isaiah 50:4. In the margin write, 3MB: 1 Pet 3:15.
  4. Next to 1 Peter 3:15 write, 4MB: Heb 4:12.
  5. Continue in this manner until you reach Jeremiah 33:14.
  6. Next to Jeremiah 33:14 write, MEM: End

This method is very straightforward. But I personally think it has the most drawbacks of any method.

So Which Method Is Best?

The one that works for you! If you would like to discuss it with me, I would be happy to share my thoughts on the subject. Just write me.

Hope this helps! Happy Marking!

This page was last modified: August 23, 2001