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Concordia-Chicago students and faculty develop Hebrew and Aramaic language apps


Hebrew appA team of Concordia University Chicago students and faculty has developed, programmed and released two smartphone apps for students learning Old Testament languages: “Aramaic Verb Parsing” and “Hebrew Verb Parsing.” Verb parsing, or identifying verb forms, is a basic skill for learning to use ancient 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.

The apps are each keyed to a textbook, “Fundamental Biblical Hebrew” by Andrew Bartelt and “Fundamental Biblical Aramaic” by Andrew Steinmann, respectively.

“Users can choose any range of chapters from their textbook and practice verb parsing only from the selected chapters,” said Steinmann. “The app also recognizes verbs that can be parsed in more than one way and will show all parsing options.”

“Hebrew Verb Parsing” and “Aramaic Verb Parsing” are each available now for $2.99 for Apple and Android phones and tablets. These apps follow the successful development and release of a Biblical Greek app by the same team last spring.

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