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Bible Geography in Tableau

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Robert Rouse combines Bible geo data with Tableau to produce an interactive map that uses size to emphasize important places and allows you to filter the data by book:

Bible Places
Bible Places

He ‘s also written a blog post that goes into detail about the map. The blog is about technology and the Bible, so take a look at his other posts if those topics interest you.

Visualizing Pericope Similarity in the New Testament

Monday, September 13th, 2010

This diagram plots the similarity of pericopes (sections) in the New Testament based on their linguistic similarity in Greek:

Blue = Gospels, Purple = Acts, Green = Paul’s Epistles, Red = General Epistles, Gray = Revelation

If you don’t have Silverlight installed (or are reading this post via RSS–I suggest you click through to the original post), here’s a thumbnail:

Pericope similarity in the New Testament (thumbnail).

Download the full-size PDF (300KB) or PNG (22 MB, 12,000 pixels wide).

Do we actually learn anything from this kind of diagram? The most interesting part to me is how the gospels on the right flow primarily through the Gospel of John to the epistles on the left. I wonder why that is.


I calculated the cosine similarity between the full text of the pericopes using the Greek lemmas (after removing about forty stopwords). The pericope titles come from the ESV. I produced the diagram with Cytoscape. The widget at the top of the post comes from, Microsoft’s Deep-Zoom-as-a-Service.

Bill Mounce’s excellent free New Testament Greek dictionary served as the source of the lemmas.