Sixty-Six Clouds

20 12 2010

“Well, I’m back,” said Sam Gamgee. I am currently writing a full review of my Vipassana experience but, in the meantime, thought that I might share a particularly interesting video. By putting the contents of the New International Version (*grr*) into Wordle, 66 Clouds have created a series of beautiful images, available for purchase both as posters and in a book. Representing the frequencies of individual words throughout the Old and New Testaments, the following is a video of their creation:

I have never used Wordle and so I do not know if it is limited to English, but it would be fun to feed the words of the Hebrew Bible into their algorithm.

[Hat-tip to J. Mark Bertrand of Bible Design and Binding.]



2 responses

20 12 2010
Malki Rose

The difference between Malachi and Matthew is clear.
The key major theme changes immediately and permanently from ‘Lord’ to ‘Jesus’. Congratulations, we have a new focus!
(Paging the Lubavitch movement!)

20 12 2010
Simon Holloway

Here is one that I just made for Genesis. As you can see, I didn’t bother going through and removing all of the verse numbers, so they show up in there as well. If anybody is able to import swathes of biblical text without vowels or verse numbers, this would be a fun project. So too, I think, with the Arabic of the Qur’an, and with the Greek of the New Testament! Not to mention the Mishna, the Zohar, the writings of the Arizal, the Shulchan Arukh, or even the siddur! How fun.

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