Mathematical Navigation of Ancient Sacred Texts

I’ve added some new features in the #15 pane (Gematria). This sociology pane deals with the idea of Old Testament Hebrew and New Testament Koine Greek Gematria. The histogram shows the distribution of words used in the Bible according to their gematria value in Hebrew or Greek. It also presents a clickable 3D hyperbolic tree (graph) of proper names related within verses, as well as a clickable “nearest word” graph. Each word in each book, chapter, verse are select-able by slider or clickable (as are the list of words with the same gematria values).

This combination of UI creates a powerful new way to navigate the bible. Each word in the verse is colored by their value in Hebrew (if Old Testament), Greek and English. It makes use of Wolfram’s curated LanguageData/DictionaryLookup to get a Nearest Word Graph in Hebrew and English. Note: Hebrew is properly presented from right to left.


I also decided to attempt to develop visualizations related to the alignment of sociological, theological ancient world history using the recorded sacred texts created at the start of the Bronze age. The time line runs between 4000 BCE and 100 CE and the geopolitical map centers on the cradle of civilization Sumerian (Tigris/Euphrates), and extends from the Egyptian (Nile) to China’s (Yellow), and including Indian (Indus) and Persian cultures.

The list of sacred texts aligned by creation, flood and patriarch figures (e.g. Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham) and primary deity (e.g. Elohim) were:
1. Egyptian Book Of The Dead
2. Babylonian/Sumerian Kings List/Epic of Gilgamesh/Enuma Elish
3. Hebrew(OT)-Greek(NT) Bible
4. Chinese I Ching
5. Indian Rig Veda
6. Greek Homeric Poems (Illiad/Odyssey)
7. Persian Avesta


Given the amazing advancement of modern science in tracing the genetic lineage of human history along with radioactive dating techniques, it is untenable to interpret these sources literally with any precision. Yet, by understanding their “world view” at the time along with consistently applied “poetic license” across all the texts (e.g. Homer), one can come up with interesting theories for the veracity of their original intentions to document sociologic human history!

For example, it is interesting to note the alignment between the 10 AntiDiluvian (pre-flood) kings in both the Sumerian Kings List and the first 10 patriarchs (starting with Adam) in the Pentateuch. Both have unusually long life-times. When the extremely large (and in most cases rounded) ages of each person are reduced by factors based on the counting system in use (e.g. Sexagesimal (base 60) 10*60^2) for Sumeria and decimal 10^2 or 10^3), the reigns of kings and lifetimes of lineage align as follows:


Antediluvian Patriarchs and the Sumerian King List
Reinvestigating the Sumerian Kings List

For a modern genetic species analysis visualization, see:


See this Dymaxion Map of genetic analysis of human migration from Wikipedia Commons:

Here is an old artistic map of World History from HistoMap It is largely Biblical in its antidiluvian history. While it is not based on modern scientific evidence, it is an interesting mash-up of information from various sources. A more detailed map (horizontal) is here (right-click the image to download and save-as the 20MB PNG file):

Here is another vertical version from the same website:

and another histomap (linear and logarithmic) of the Earth’s Geologic/Evolutionary History (right-click/save-as for a 12MB version):

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