Who Do People Say I Am?

February 25, 2013

Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” – Mark 8:27

Continuing with the visual concordance, the following set of diagrams looks at the names of Christ throughout the Bible. It’s very interesting to see how the different gospel authors refer to Christ.

This is an incomplete picture, as this doesn’t take into account the bigram “Jesus Christ” as a single term. However, if “Jesus Christ” showed up together, that would be reflected in an overlap between the Jesus and the Christ diagrams. That overlap appears throughout the writings of Paul, but not in Matthew/Mark/Luke vs. John. It’s also interesting to see that Messiah is pretty much only used (in the NIV) in the gospels and Acts.

The ability to see these connections visually really reveals interesting things about the language used in the Bible. If I have more time, I’ll integrate other versions, including ESV, etc.

Click on each of the bubble diagrams to open the larger breakdown of verses in each book.