I just wrote a rather lengthy blog post on Matthew 10.34 where I puzzle about the use of βάλλω as verb used in connection with /bringing, casting, imposing, causing/ peace. I show a variety of steps I took to think about the question, and I indicate how I use BibleWorks, Logos, or Accordance to answer them.
One point I make is the usefulness of syntactical databases. BW does not have it. Logos has it for both Hebrew OT, LXX, and Greek NT. From what I can find, Accordance has it for Hebrew OT and Greek NT. Question: Is there a syntax add-on for the LXX in Accordance?
More helpfully for me... I have the Greek/Hebrew Discoverer package which does not include the GNT syntax add-on. I would appreciate it if someone who does have it could run a search and report the findings either here or as a comment on the blog. In particular, I would like to see how you constructed the search and the results when looking for all the verbs that take εἰρήνη as their object. (This is a bit vague, since it includes not only direct objects of indicatives but also objects of infinitives and imperatives.)
In Logos, I actually could use either a 'clause' search which provides better analytics (but includes some false hits) as well as a 'syntax' search which gives accurate results (but I have to pull out the verbs myself).
Please note, this is not a competition between Bible software packages. I have mainly used BW and Logos for different purposes, but for a number of reasons,* this year I'm making the big switch to Accordance as the required software package for my seminary students. I.e., I'm trying to determine how the syntax database in Accordance works and how I can explain it to my students.
*Why the switch to Accordance?
We have used BibleWorks for many years, and it is an outstanding value for the resources it includes. We have had some issues with its use on Macs (though matters have greatly improved), but the program still does reflect its early roots and uses a not-entirely-intuitive command line for many functions. For an old DOS guy (as I am), it's no problem and makes for very fast entry and calculations, but for new seminary students who are not always tech-savvy, it can be a challenge. BW has made great progress in its interface, but even where it is Windows-friendly, Mac users report some problems 'getting' the interface. It's also not likely that BW will be available on portable devices any time soon, and that's a drawback for many people who want their Bible software available in their pocket. Finally, BW has been adding some good basic, supplementary/secondary resources (ESV study Bible, Eerdmanns Bible Dictionary, Picture database, mapping module) in addition to the large number of original language resources, but BW is not intended to be a full biblical library resource center.
I do believe that Logos is probably the most powerful and capable program available. It comes in both native Windows and Mac and portable versions. (It's the version I use on my Android phone.) The databases are remarkable, and all the available secondary resources are beyond my financial means! Still, I have been accumulating many secondary resources that I use regularly, and for some grammatical / syntactical work, only Logos can do the job. But... the price for a base package that I would ask my students to buy was a few hundred dollars more than BW or Accordance, and it required a lot of upfront money from the seminary. In summary, Logos is fantastic, but you're going to have to pay for the luxury.
As for Accordance, we could use the seminary purchasing program to allow students to get Greek/Hebrew Discoverer for ~$240 / person. This is a great price, and it includes almost all the basics a student would need to get started. Accordance has an excellent selection of secondary materials to expand one's library, so it can grow w/ a student. It works well on both Mac and Windows and iOS. Now we just need an Android version...