Visualizing the Bible

Yesterday’s News Today, but this is really kind of cool: Visualizing the Bible. Writes Chris Harrison: “This set of visualizations started as a collaboration between Christoph Römhild and myself. Christoph, a Lutheran Pastor, first emailed me in October of 2007. He described a data set he was putting together that defined textual cross references found in the Bible. He had already done considerable work visualizing the data before contacting me. Together, we struggled to find an elegant solution to render the data, more than 63,000 cross references in total..We set our sights on…something more beautiful than functional. At the same time, we wanted something that honored and revealed the complexity of the data at every level –- as one leans in, smaller details should become visible. This ultimately led us to the multi-colored arc diagram you see below.

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.”

Go check it out.


  1. That is seven kinds of awesome. It's hypnotically beautiful

  2. The long line in the middle has to be Psalm 119 (most verses)so this is clearly a 66 book version of the Bible. The additional 7 and parts would probably bump the cross-references up to 70,000 or higher. We use this in RCIA as a fabulous illustration of how all the different books/authors are in dialogue with each other. Reading Scripture is to enter a living conversation, author to author, authors with Author.
    Jim McCullough
    Our Lady of Grace

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