John Broadus Scripture Memorization

John Broadus - Father of Expository Preaching

While I was searching for resources to the Marrow of the Baptist Catechsim, I came across something I had not looked at in some time: A Catechism of Bible Teaching, written by John Broadus in 1892.

If you don’t know John Broadus, he was one of the great preachers of the 19th century, the father of expository preaching in the US, one of the early professors at The Southern Baptist Seminary, and one of the greatest Baptists of all time. Spurgeon called him the “greatest of living preachers”. John Broadus is one-half of the namesake for the Baptist Publishing arm: “Broad”man. The “man” is supplied from Basil Manly (if memory serves). A few simple biographical resources for Dr. Broadus can be found below:

Southern Baptist Historical Library
Grace Online Library

A few of his shorter works may be found here:

Reformed Reader

I’ve not doubt but that you might be able to learn more about Dr. Broadus and other great early American Baptists by ‘googling’ for Tom Nettles and listening to any lecture material you may find.

Below we find an outline for Broadus’ catechism:

A Catechism of Bible Teaching, 1892

Catechism Outline

  1. God
  2. Providence of God
  3. Word of God
  4. Man
  5. Jesus
  6. Holy Spirit
  7. The Atonement
  8. Regeneration
  9. Repentance and Faith
  10. Justification and Sanctification
  11. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
  12. The Lord’s Day
  13. Christian Duties
  14. Imitation of Christ
  15. The Future Life

Scripture Memorization

In addition to the catechism, Broadus also lists Scriptures recommended for memorization. Says Broadus:

It is an excellent thing for the young to commit to memory many portions of Scripture. The following passages are recommended as suitable, and it is hoped that many will learn some of them, and add other selections as thought best.

Exodus 20:1-17
Psalms 1, 16, 19, 23, 24, 27, 32, 34, 51, 84, 90, 92, 95, 100, 103, 115, 116, 130, 139, 145
Proverbs 3:1-20; 6:6-11; chapter 10; chapter 11, chapter 20
Ecclesiastes chapter 12
Isaiah, chapter 40; chapter 53; chapter 55
Matthew 5:3-16; chapter 6; chapter 7; chapter 25; chapter 28:18-20
Mark 14:22-25; 32:2.
Luke 15:11-32; 16:19-31; 18:1-14; 24:13-35
John 1:1-18; 14:1-15; 20:1-23
Acts 17:22-31; 20:17-38
Romans 5:1-11; 8:28-39; chapter 12
1 Corinthians, chapter 13; chapter 15
2 Corinthians, chapter 5
Ephesians 3:14-21; 6:10-20
Colossians 3:1-11; 4:2-6
I Thess. 4:13-18
Titus 2:11-14
Hebrews 4:14-16, 11:1 to 12:3
1 John 1:5 to 2:6; 3:13-24; chapter 4
Revelation 1:9-20; 7:9-17; 20:11-15; chapter 21; chapter 22


6 thoughts on “John Broadus Scripture Memorization

  1. More about John A. Broadus:

    Broadus is the only Southern Baptist ever to be accorded the honor of being invited to deliver the Beecher Lectures on Preaching (Yale, New Haven, CT; 1889). Archibald Thomas Robertson dedicated his monumental work, “A Grammar of the Greek New Testament in the Light of Historical Research” with the following inscription: “To the memory of John A. Broadus, Scholar, Teacher, Preacher”. Broadus was both Robertson’s mentor, and his father-in-law.

    “After graduation, John A. Broadus invited him to become his teaching assistant. Robertson became an associate professor in 1890 and a full professor after Broadus’ death in 1895. In 1894, Robertson married Ella Broadus, Dr. Broadus’ daughter, cementing the bonds of friendship between Robertson and his mentor.”

    Source: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary at,,PTID325566_CHID716376,00.html [accessed 29 MAR 2011].

    As of 1934 Ella Broadus Robertson held the copyright to ATR’s “Grammar”, as her husband had passed away that year.

  2. Thanks for posting both the Catechism and the Scripture Memorization information from Broadus. Both are welcomed, and useful.

  3. Last but not least concerning John A. Broadus is the fact that he was a chaplain under Robert E. Lee in the Army of Northern Virginia during the Civil War. With Robert Lewis Dabney as another chaplain in the Confederate Army (and also Chief of Staff under Stonewall Jackson), the Confederacy had one of America’s greatest Baptists, and also one of America’s greatest Presbyterians.

    • Another gem! I’m glad, for the sake of the Union, that God did not answer the prayers of those mighty men of God. Perhaps you disagree. I think the Civil War era was the high water mark for Presbyterianism in America (uninformed opinion, though it is).

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