As someone concerned to do academic research and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible/Ancient Near East, and working extensively in comparative texts and versions, the history of Second Temple interpretation, and analysis of language, I am in the market for a software tool. I attended a seminar yesterday at Luther Seminary given by Charlie Gibson, which was excellent--but turn to this Forum for some guidance. Could anyone speak to how, for a user like me, Bible Works would compare with Accordance in terms of ease of use, power, breadth of tools, etc. I am a PC user and know that for the PC nothing compares with BibleWorks. But Accordance (on the Mac) does now come with an emulator for the PC. Does anyone have any comments/advice? Does anyone know of a formally published review in an academic journal that compares the two software programs, despite their being at home on two different platforms?
I see btw that Accordance has some modules that do not seem available yet unfortunately in BibleWorks:
a) Bill Schniedewind's tagged inscriptional corpus;
b) Tagged Mishnah
c) Samaritan Pentateuch (unfortunately, not tagged).
I would welcome comments and advice (and was urged to post to this forum by Charlie Gibson himself--principled guy!).