Holy Week Visualization

If you’re thinking through the events of Holy Week, let me know what you think about this visualization that i created last year (but apparently failed to tie into the SemanticBible navigation, so you might not easily find it otherwise).  Here’s my previous Blogos post on this. I’m really interested in presentations like this that enable browsing by content rather than having to know the reference in advance.

To recap some of the features:

  • Colored blocks are grouped together by pericope so the presentation is organized by the events, rather than the order of texts themselves. The size of the block indicates how many words are associated with the pericope, and the colors indicate which Gospel provided the material. This helps you immediately see things like the fact that all four Gospels provide quite a bit of detail about the triumphal entry, though only Luke includes Jesus’ sorrow over Jerusalem.
  • The blocks are grouped by day, through the chronology is uncertain in several places, so this is an approximation at best.
  • Clicking on the pericope title takes you to the Composite Gospel page (though apparently some of the indexes are off). Clicking on the colored block takes you to source text at bible.logos.com (and a tooltip indicates the reference). As i recall, i couldn’t figure out a way to use RefTagger to actually display the text more directly in a popup.

Visualizing Holy Week

Holy Week Visualization

I’ve posted an experimental visualization of the events of Holy Week, based on the Composite Gospel Index.

I’d be interested in feedback on the layout: i struggled quite a bit with getting the colored bars to show the quantitative information, but also having links. In particular, i would have liked to have pop-up text on each colored block with the Scripture passage, but i couldn’t figure out a way to do that with RefTagger without actually having the reference text, and that has layout issues for small blocks. No doubt Javascript mavens could do something cooler. But this is done only using XHTML and CSS, so perhaps i get some standards points.

It’s difficult, and sometimes impossible, to determine the precise chronology of the Gospel events, so this is a “best attempt”. I’ve followed the article on Chronology (Libronix link) in IVP’s Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels in placing the Triumphal Entry on Monday (though of course we celebrate it in church on Sunday).