The Bible, visually cross-referenced  

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One doesn’t need to read the Scriptures very long before noticing that the various authors often quote, refer to, or allude to things previously recorded by other writers. Begin tracing all these cross-references, and you’ll need a large notebook to keep track of them all. Or, allow Chris Harrison, a student at Carnegie Mellon University and Christoph Römhild of the North Elbian Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hamburg, Germany, to compile a list and allow a computer to graph the result. They call the result, “Visualizing the Bible.” The bars on the bottom axis represent the chapters of the Bible, each bar length corresponding to the number of verses in each chapter. The colored arcs trace the myriad cross-references. “It almost looks,” Harrison commented, “like one monolithic volume.”

 

Source: The graph appeared in Science, the publication of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, (Volume #321; September 26, 2008; p. 1771).

 

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2 comments

very cool image. i wonder if i can get a print to frame and in my office?

December 3, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Science has a website, but requires either purchasing an article or having a subscription to the magazine; a subscriber, however can download a nice pdf of the article, which includes color illustrations.

December 3, 2008 at 4:19 PM

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