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