Infographic: How to read your Bible

After reading Lee LeFever's excellent Art of Explanation I've been working on an Infographic about Bible reading. This is how it's turned out.

Link first, with a fuller description afterwards for those who are interested.

How to read your Bible (Opens in a new window)

Why

I really like Infographics. They're clear and concise, and you learn things without even realising it. For an online audience they seemed like a great way to promote Bible reading.

How

Technically: using Inkscape on Ubuntu. I've also got a few scripts that I used to calculate verses between passages.

Other than that, the excellent BibleGateway.com for content, and BlueLetterBible.com for cross-referencing via Strong's.

What

The graphic is designed to encourage good Bible reading. Many people don't read the Bible because they think it is either boring, irrelevant, or outdated; I want to challenge these assumptions.

One of the things I've consciously avoided in the graphic is superfluous information. My first attempt at an infographic started with really high-level statistics like "The Bible has 2 testaments", "66 books", "1189 chapters", etc.

These are accurate statistics, but who cares? How does the fact that "Psalm 119 is the longest chapter" affect anyone's daily life (other than ensuring a cup of tea is on hand before reading it)?

Instead I've focused on information that supports practical advice: patient Bible readers will find interesting connections. Likewise there are sections to challenge preconceptions that the Bible is uninteresting, or that the reader already knows everything about it.

I have no hidden agenda with the graphic. It doesn't push doctrine (unless you worship Christmas trees?) or a particular denomination.

The call-to-action at the end invites readers to talk with like-minded people and share scripture (online or otherwise). If you don't want to encourage Bible reading, then this infographic is probably not for you.

Sharing

I encourage you to share the graphic on your blog, stream, website etc but please take a copy. No hotlinks!

There's additional license information at the bottom of the graphic (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives. Basically, don't charge for it, mention Bible Snippets (a link would be lovely), and don't scribble all over it.

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Nathan

Bible enthusiast, husband, Dad, and tech-head with too many projects and not enough time.