On March 10 2015, the programmer of Bible Online Learner, Claus Tøndering, and the programmer of SHEBANQ, Dirk Roorda, completed the first interlinking between these two new open software technologies for research and education on the Hebrew Bible. Both applications use the Hebrew Text Database ETCBC4 distributed by the Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS).
SHEBANQ is an award-winning query and presentation tool which is a helpful supplement to the Bible OL. Learners who want more grammatical details on any chapter in the Hebrew Bible, say Genesis 1, can now click on the SHEBANQ logo. This opens chapter 1 in Genesis in SHEBANQ, and learners are ready to create a new query for a learning experience. It also works the other way around: when learners are exploring grammatical data in SHEBANQ, say on Genesis 1, they can click on the Bible OL logo and explore the structure and data of the text and prepare for an exercise on Hebrew grammar.
This interlinkng of technologies is a major step in our cooperation with Eep Talstra Center for Bible and Computer at VU University Amsterdam on the use of their database. New learning resources will benefit from the seamless integration between the search environment and the practice environment.