Reference Rainbow (Image)

Okay this is probably one of the most amazing graphics I’ve ever seen not necessarily because of the image itself but what it points to.  You’ll just have to see it yourself to know what I’m talking about.


OK, so this is just cool. Like, give-you-goosebumps cool.

Christianity Today has posted an image of biblical cross references:

When Christoph Römhild, a Lutheran pastor in Hamburg, Germany, sent Carnegie Mellon Ph.D. student Chris Harrison a list of 63,779 cross-references between the Bible’s 1,189 chapters, the two became enthralled with elegantly showing the interconnected nature of Scripture. Each bar along the horizontal axis represents a chapter, with the length determined by the number of verses. (Books alternate in color between white and light gray.) Colors represent the distance between references.

I’m surprised by how the graphic affects me. Seeing a visual representation of a deep truth is beautiful on many levels. How can you look at that and maintain that the Bible is contradictory?

The graph won an honorable mention in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, which was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Science journal.


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