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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordles for Bible books

Andy at Think Christian mentioned what for me is a very useful application of the web tool Wordle. Yipeng Huang has created Wordles for each of the New Testament books. Here are just two:

Matthew Galatians

Can you guess which books they represent? (Hint: Hold the mouse over the image for the answer.) Sorry that doesn't work on Blogger. Look at the link instead if you need help.

I believe that Yipeng used the NIV for this exercise. It would be interesting to compare translations of a small rather dense book like Jude and see how the Wordles are different. This works in English because it is an agglutinative language evolving toward being an isolating language. Portuguese and Koine would not work as well because of their richer morphology. This would be a great tool for a Sunday School teacher (or even Bible college professor) who wants to show major themes of a book based on word frequency.

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2 Comments:

At Thu Jun 26, 06:32:00 AM, Blogger R. Mansfield said...

Nifty. I'm teaching on Revelation next week in my IWU class, so I created one using the TNIV text of Revelation.

http://wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/33176/Revelation_of_John

 
At Thu Jun 26, 10:13:00 AM, Blogger Scripture Zealot said...

I did Ephesians with TNIV and HCSB.
Jeff

 

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