08 February 2013

Bible Visualizations

I love finding visualizations of the Bible. There are a lot of fun, interactive graphics out there that can help you see the events of the Bible in ways you've probably never imagined and in ways not possible for previous generations. Here are a few of my favorites so far. You can click on each image to go see them in more detail on their original sites.

Gospel Spectrum

The Gospel Spectrum explores the convergence of technology and theology by examining how computational media can be applied to narratives using principles of data visualization and data-mining to deconstruct and then visually reconstruct the story of Jesus as presented in the Bible. Check it out!

Biblical Cross-Reference Visualization and Social Networks

The bar graph that runs along the bottom represents all of the chapters in the Bible. Books alternate in color between white and light gray. The length of each bar denotes the number of verses in the chapter. Each of the 63,779 cross references found in the Bible is depicted by a single arc - the color corresponds to the distance between the two chapters, creating a rainbow-like effect.

For the second one, he built a list of biblical names (2,619 in total) and parsed a digital copy of the King James Bible. Each time two names occurred in the same verse, a connection was created between them. This produced essentially a social network of people and places. Because such relationships had no ordering or structure (unlike the cross-referneces), he used a spatial clustering algorithm he had developed for another project. The process causes related entities and highly connected groups to coalesce.

What do you think? Have you discovered or worked on any other visualizations like this for the Bible?

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