Shasta Bible College Offers New Class Taught by Man Who Can Recite Books of the Bible From Memory
He can recite books of the Bible from memory, and this fall semester Tom Meyer, a member of Wordsower International Ministries, will be teaching a Bible memorization course at California-based Shasta Bible College and Graduate School.
"The students are graded on their accuracy of memorizing a smaller book in one semester and presenting that book dramatically, from memory, in their local church or in our chapel service," said Meyer, who told The Christian Post that he's limiting the course, which starts Aug. 25, to 12 students.
"Whether they memorize by reading aloud, hearing, or writing, the necessity to meditate on the text will establish the Word in their heart and hopefully provide them with a greater walk with God."
Meyer is well known for his ability to recite books of the Bible from memory, having performed such feats before audiences at various churches across the nation.
Last May, Meyer teamed up with fellow Wordsower member Jason Nightingale to recite books of the Bible for 24 hours straight, with the proceeds from their marathon going to earthquake relief in Nepal.
Meyer also told CP about the "memory tactics" he will teach in the course, which are "the same techniques I was taught while living in Jerusalem while earning two master's degrees from Jerusalem University College."
"I was able to learn some of the ancient mnemonic techniques from my relationships with Greek Orthodox Monks while I stayed with them in the Wilderness of Judah, as well as Rabbis, and Yeshiva students on Mt. Zion," said Meyer.
"The essence of those techniques are essentially reading aloud the text continuously while using the format of the page to help photograph the page on your mind, to listen to the text being read aloud in a dramatic fashion, and writing out the verse numerous times while speaking the verse at the same time."
Meyer has strong ties to Shasta Bible College, as he's an alumnus of the institution and performed the Nepal charity recitation at the campus.
Shasta President David R. Nicholas told CP that as a student, Meyer "demonstrated exceptional ability to memorize Scripture."
"When I traveled and ministered with our musical team, The Sounds of Shasta, I always invited Tom to go along and recite Jonah, Joel, James or other newly memorized books as a part of our presentation. The congregations always ate it up. They were amazed," said Nicholas.
Nicholas also told CP that he felt the "memorization of Scripture also facilitates effective preaching, teaching and Christian witnessing."
"Since college-age young people (and adults for that matter) have always struggled with temptation, we believe the ability to call God's Word to mind in moments of temptation is vital to victorious Christian living," continued Nicholas.
"If a believer knows key Bible verses and passages, it greatly enhances his/her ability to communicate the Gospel and to teach, expound and proclaim biblical truth."