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Concordia-Chicago students and faculty develop Biblical Greek app

6/6/2017

A team of Concordia University Chicago students and faculty has developed, programmed and released a smartphone app for students learning New Testament Greek, with plans to develop similar apps for Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic. Verb parsing, or identifying verb forms, is a basic skill for learning to use the Biblical languages. The project was a cooperative effort between Dr. Andrew Steinmann, distinguished professor of theology and Hebrew, Dr. Victor Govindaswamy, associate professor of computer science, and their students.

“Meetings were held at least once a week, and it took nearly two semesters to design, code and test the Android and Apple versions of the Greek app,” said Govindaswamy. “At the same time, the students were doing their normal coursework.”

The app is ideal for anyone studying Biblical (Koine) Greek, and is keyed to two textbooks, “Fundamental Greek Grammar” by James Voelz and “New Testament Greek for Beginners” by J. Gresham Machen and Dan G. McCartney.

“It allows students to choose which chapters they want to practice. This way, students are not given verbs to parse that they have not yet learned,” said Steinmann. “The app also recognizes ambiguous forms that could be parsed in more than one way, giving students the correct feedback no matter which option they choose.”

“Greek Verb Parsing” is available now for $2.99 for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The group hopes to have the Hebrew and Aramaic apps on the market by next summer.

This collaboration between academic departments represents the strong foundation and bright future of Concordia-Chicago—with theology representing the heart and history of the Christian university, and the award-winning computer science department preparing students for high-demand careers. To learn more about degree programs in these fields, visit CUChicago.edu.