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Do You Live in a “God Has a Plan” State or an “I Can Do All Things” State?

The most-popular Bible verses on Bible Gateway for 2017 divide the United States into two camps: states in which the most-popular verse (aside from John 3:16) is Jeremiah 29:11 (“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope […]

Filed under Bible Gateway, Bible Gateway Anniversary, Infographics, News

The Three Kinds of Popular Keyword Searches on Bible Gateway

Our 2016 Year in Review lets you explore how 2016’s 1,000 most-popular keyword searches in English have changed in popularity over the past three years. Using this tool, you can see for yourself the three kinds of searches that are popular on Bible Gateway: perennial searches, event-driven searches, and holiday-themed searches. For example, here’s how […]

Filed under 2016 in Review, Bible Gateway Anniversary

All the 🌲🌳 of the field will 👏

You can now search for over 330 emoji on Bible Gateway–we’ll translate them into English and conduct a keyword search for you. Try a couple: all the 🌲🌳 of the field will 👏 or 🌈⛅. Why? This Sunday, July 17, is World Emoji Day, a recently invented holiday that celebrates using emoji to augment digital […]

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What Are Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” USA Cities?

In our previous post, we mused about what Bible Gateway’s statistics would reveal about the most “Bible-minded” cities in the U.S. Crunching the numbers from 2013, we came up with the following charts that indicate Bible Gateway’s popularity in U.S. cities (also see Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” Cities in Canada and Bible Gateway’s Most “Bible-Minded” […]

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Christmas Story Timeline Visualization

Also available: high-resolution image and PDF. This visualization traces the Christmas story as told in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2, showing you who is with whom throughout the story. The references in the visualization let you explore the text yourself. Each line represents a person, and the narrative unfolds as you follow from left to […]

Filed under Bible Study, Christmas

Religious Interest Among Young Facebook Users is Big. But Why?

Stephen Wolfram yesterday published Data Science of the Facebook World, an analysis of data from people who have allowed his website, Wolfram Alpha, access to their Facebook lives. Two charts touch on religion, and we’re not totally sure what to make of them. The first chart is a word cloud of Facebook posts categorized as […]

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How People Share the Bible (Verses) vs. Read the Bible (Chapters)

People tend to read longer passages of Scripture online but share shorter passages on Facebook and Twitter—usually a single verse at a time. Here are some charts that quantify the difference in behavior between sharing and reading the Bible.

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Holy Week Timeline Visualization

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday, which begins Holy Week (or Passion Week)—the week that commemorates Jesus’ death and resurrection. Here’s a new visualization we created that harmonizes the four Gospel accounts of Holy Week and lets you examine the “who,” “what,” and “where” of events leading up to and through Easter: Also available: PDF. […]

Filed under Bible Study, Easter, Infographics, Lent