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The Interconnected Beauty of the Bible: A Visual Aid

21 November, 2008

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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. Graphic by Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University.

If the references represent a ‘rainbow’ spanning the Scriptures, it seems just as appropriate to think of Christ as the light whom we see clearly through the prism of the Scriptures. If this is how the interconnectedness of the Scriptures looks represented by colored lines, just take a minute to think of this in view of the content of those 1,189 chapters, each God-breathed and profitable, each powerful by the Spirit to accomplish all the purposes for which the Lord sends it — the word we don’t observe interestingly because it is pretty but mute, but the word we hear because it is living and active.

  1. 21 November, 2008 11:57 am

    This is so cool…..thanks…………blessings

  2. 3 November, 2009 3:13 pm

    I know I’m an old man and miss alot of stuff… and I’m just a country boy but I don’t understand.
    Please enlighten me. What good is this, other than being pretty?


    • 3 November, 2009 7:25 pm


      Point taken. This isn’t supposed to be a secret key or anything, their goal was simply to get people thinking about ‘the interconnected nature of Scripture’ in a visually compelling way — which is to say, yes, its only use on its own terms is to be pretty, which just might get some people thinking about the much more than visual beauty of scripture.


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