Daniel Taylor's interactive visualization of the Skeptic's Annotated Bible

Skeptics Are All Out of Ideas

Criticism of God’s word is nothing new.  It was there in the beginning (Gen 3:1) and it lives on today. The ideas are always the same, just repackaged and recopied from someone else. Sometimes the tactic is simple mockery – … Continue reading

Genealogy of Jesus Preview

Jesus’ Genealogy and the Tribes of Israel [Interactive]

When I created Mapping God’s Bloodline, I had no idea what a turning point it would be for this website.  Until then, few had visited the site.  Once a few influential people shared it on social media, I discovered how … Continue reading

Harmony of the Gospels

Information Design in the Marketplace of Ideas

Today, the shortlist for the Information is Beautiful Awards was announced – and one of my graphics made the list! This is the first-ever open contest to find the best information visualizations around the world. I am quite honored to … Continue reading

Harmony of the Gospels

A Visual Harmony of the Gospels

The gospels tell the story of Jesus Christ, each one emphasizing different aspects. This chart compares the topics illuminated by those verses. Continue reading

cross reference grid

Visualizing Cross References (Again)

A new visualization reshapes R.A. Torrey’s hundreds of thousands of cross references into a cleverly laid out, interactive heat map. Continue reading

The Volume of the Book is Written of Him

When I first began exploring word clouds as a means of visualizing biblical data, the result using Wordle was little better than a jumble of words sized according to frequency, with random colors and angular variations to add interest.  It’s … Continue reading

How People Share the Bible

The Bible Gateway Blog has an interesting bit of analysis today on how people share the Bible versus how they read it online (based on BibleGateway.com statistics).  From the post: When people share Bible passages on Facebook and Twitter, they … Continue reading

QR Code Trinity

The Trinity in QR Code

What you’re looking at is a QR code.  Anyone familiar with these would immediately recognize that it is unlike all other such codes – a distinction which will be explained shortly.  They have become prolific in marketing campaigns because they allow smart … Continue reading

English Bible Version Explorer

I’m a little late joining the bandwagon on celebrating the 400th anniversary of the KJV, but here’s my contribution to the mix. I found an interesting web site called Bible Reader’s Museum which, among other things, has extensive listings of … Continue reading

Knowledge Networks and the Tower of Babel

I happened to come across a project today that maps the links between various Wikipedia articles to help understand the categories and topics that users find to be related.  Normally I wouldn’t share such a project on this blog, but … Continue reading

Bible Genealogy Map

Mapping God’s Bloodline

Follow the genealogy of Jesus from the creation of Adam and Eve through Noah, the tribes of Israel, King David, and finally Joseph and Mary. Continue reading

Egypt in the Bible

With the recent uprising in Egypt, I thought it would be worthwhile to get a little historical context.  What better place to go than the Bible?  Take a look at this interactive map to see all the places in modern-day … Continue reading

KJV Readability Chart

Readability chart

There are numerous claims about the readability of various English Bible translations. The chart below is the result of my own calculations using the standard Flesch-Kincaid grade level formula. Many other readability calculations do not specify whether sentence lengths are … Continue reading

Playing with word clouds

A lot of bloggers are using word clouds for various features now, mainly to make common post tags stand out. I happen to think it’s a fad. Like Microsoft’s WordArt, it can do some nifty things but doesn’t really rise … Continue reading

Analyzing Cross References

The Christian scriptures are interconnected in deep and meaningful ways which can sometimes be hard to discover.  Scholars have compiled hundreds of thousands of cross-references over time, and modern computer whizzes have charted these references in beautiful and engaging displays. … Continue reading