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Phrase Net Bible Visualizations

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

The social data visualization site Many Eyes just unveiled a new visualization type, the Phrase Net, which illustrates phrase connections in textual content. The hard part is finding the right phrase to produce a good visualization.

Here are a couple of visualizations of the Old and New Testaments in the KJV Bible, using the pattern “[word] of [word].”

Old Testament

The Old Testament visualization illustrates the centrality of ideas like “Children of Israel,” “King of Israel,” and “Land of Israel.”

See the Old Testament visualization at Many Eyes (requires Java)

New Testament

The New Testament visualization shows the shift in emphasis to “Son of God” and “Kingdom of God.”

See the New Testament visualization at Many Eyes (requires Java)

Both visualizations require Java.

Edit July 2015: IBM has closed Many Eyes, so the above links to the interactive visualizations no longer work.

How to Get the ESV for Free on Your iPhone

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Update April 2010: The ESV is no longer available for free on Kindle. Crossway has, however, made available a free ESV iPhone app.

Want a free ESV Bible on your iPhone or iPod Touch? An unusual confluence of events makes it possible (unless Crossway starts charging for the Kindle ESV again):

  1. Install the Kindle app from the App Store on your iPhone.
  2. Enter your Amazon account info into the Kindle app.
  3. Visit the Kindle ESV page on
  4. Click the “Buy now with 1-Click” button (or sign in if necessary).
  5. Choose your iPhone from the dropdown menu and “Continue.”
  6. Restart the Kindle app on your iPhone and wait for the ESV to download. It took my iPhone about two minutes over wi-fi.
  7. Start reading.

The ESV shows up in the list of available books. Browsing John shows the ESV text and navigation elements.

Since neither the Kindle app nor the Kindle iPhone is designed for reading the Bible, navigation can be frustrating. On the other hand, you now have a complete local copy of the ESV Bible on your iPhone without having to pay either for the ESV or for the Kindle.