CUC team develops Biblical Greek learning app

“Greek Verb Parsing” — developed by students and faculty at Concordia University Chicago — is available now for $2.99 for Apple and Android phones and tablets. The app is for students learning New Testament Greek. (DragonImages)

Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., announced June 6 that a team of students and faculty has created and released an app for students learning New Testament Greek, with plans to develop similar apps for Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic.

“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. Verb parsing, or identifying verb forms, is a basic skill required for learning 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 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.”

Posted June 15, 2017

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4 Responses to CUC team develops Biblical Greek learning app

  1. June 16, 2017 at 9:22 am #


    Since I know one of the students who served on this project, it would seem kind to show a photo of the groups, with names.

    Please add my name to your subscribers.

    Karl Koch (St Louis, 1959)

    • LCMS Church Information Center June 16, 2017 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you for your comment. It appears that this resource is only available for download through the store on Apple and Android phones and tablets.The cost is $2.99.

  2. June 17, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Great looking app so far. Any chance of a digital version of the pre-seminary greek course that we followed on dvd for congregation members to use?

    • Andrew Steinmann July 3, 2017 at 12:34 pm #

      That is something that might be nice, but it is completely outside of our area of work. It would need funding that we currently do not have in order to:
      Pay the instructor for his time and effort
      Produce the recordings, downloadable exercises, supplementary documents, etc.
      Post to a website and maintain the web posting, etc.

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