As I continue to progress in my goal of memorizing the book of Philippians in Greek (I added three more verses yesterday on my drive up to Virginia), I noticed something unexpected. My mind was “chunking” the text. Those of you who are familiar with the term “chunking” in discourse studies will think this is a good thing. The problem is, I’m not chunking the way a speaker naturally divides up his text based upon the flow of information he is communicating. Instead, my mind is creating divisions in the text based upon the chunks of verses I add to my memory.
As I go over the text in my mind, the following divisions are present:
- Philippians 1:1-3
- Philippians 1:4-8
- Philippians 1:9-11
- Philippians 1:12-14
As I reflect and ruminate upon the text, I know these divisions are faulty. For instance, the text should be divided in these places:
- Philippians 1:1-2
- Philippians 1:3-11
- Philippians 1:12-? (I haven’t gotten there quite yet).
Despite knowing this, upon recitation, I cannot help but chunk the text into the segments I added them to my memory. Do you have any advice on how to remedy the situation? The ideal solution is to memorize the text according to its natural divisions. Yet, I doubt I will be able to add huge chunks like 1:3-11 to memory in a sitting. I’m open to your thoughts!