Sproul is Writing a New Commentary on Romans

It’s huge (two volumes and about 1000 pages). It is an expository commentary. This will certainly be one to check out when it is published. It seems to be part of a new commentary series called the St. Andrews Expositional Commentary. So, the series looks to be Dr. Sproul’s sermons that he preaches from that pulpit. This will certainly be one for preachers to purchase.



  1. August 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Now this is something to look forward to. Sproul is a teacher who stresses clarity in his writing. An exposition of Romans by him would be worth its weight in gold.

  2. Reformed Sinner said,

    August 25, 2009 at 9:32 am

    As this is still Calvin 500 I would like to say let’s take Calvin’s insight to Biblical commentary to heart: brevity, brevity, brevity.

    It seems like recent commentaries by some of the modern giants of theology are competing with each other on who can write the latest longest commentary.

    Then again it is a preacher’s commentary so I guess that’s ok…

  3. rfwhite said,

    August 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

    RS: yeah, as you say, it seems we have to ask if a Calvin sermon collection meets the brevity standard of a Calvin commentary.

  4. Reformed Sinner said,

    August 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Actually, now that you got the conversation started. Would you know if what is known as “Preacher’s Commentary” today (for example: Reformed Expository Commentary) are just a sermons collection but I guess the word “Commentary” sounds more academically appealing? For me a commentary is a commentary and a sermon is a sermon.

    I’m not trying to make a jest, but this is a serious question.

  5. rfwhite said,

    August 27, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I think we’d agree that, among publishers today, the term “commentary” has been applied to both the academic and the homiletic (aka expository). As long as we know what we’re getting, nothing is lost. There’s value in both kinds of works. A series like the NIV Application Commentary arguably intends to combine the two.

  6. Paige Britton said,

    September 3, 2009 at 7:04 am

    And I suppose that even if it is a collection of Sproul’s sermons, it can be called a commentary because it has lots of FOOTNOTES!!! (That’s the good stuff.:)

  7. Reformed Sinner said,

    September 3, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Well, I guess. So can we call some commentaries “sermons” because from time to time they also say something practical in there?

  8. Paige Britton said,

    September 3, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I know what you mean, though. Nowadays a sermon is meant for one purpose, and a commentary for others. What we usually call a “commentary” is a *resource* for sermons, full of all the extra stuff that a pastor would not necessarily say when preaching to the congregation. All of those competing interpretations and things. But maybe back in Calvin’s day, and for a few centuries after that, a sermon was thought of as commenting on passages, so a collection of sermons was a “commentary.” So…either this new two-volume commentary is a commentary after the older model, or it has some of the good stuff one would expect in a contemporary commentary worthy of the name — footnotes and excurses and such. (It would take a lot of sermons to fill 1000 pages!)

  9. September 3, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I look forward to these volumes. Dr. Sproul brings great clarity to passages and doctrines in his teachings. As for length, I believe it was Dr. Barnhouse who taught through Romans every week for 12 years, ending only by his death. His 4-volume commentary on Romans runs 956 pages. So, what’s the beef with Sproul’s 1,000 pages? I found Dr. Sproul’s 3-volumes on the Confession to be outstanding teaching aids. I expect the same from his work on Romans.

  10. Paige Britton said,

    September 5, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Well, okay, so Sproul could fill 1,000 pages with sermons if he preached long enough. And agreed, these are going to be greatly insightful. They wouldn’t be anything less, coming from Sproul. But RS still has a valid question — if we are thinking “commentary” and we get a collection of sermons, we might be disappointed — not because the quality of the content is poor, but because we were expecting content in a different form, put together for a different purpose. When I research a question about Scripture, I infinitely prefer a commentary that gives me lots of background information, not a commentary that only gives me the results of a good scholar’s sifting of the background info (which is what a sermon has to be, or the congregation would go nuts).

  11. September 5, 2009 at 6:40 am


    I understand what you’re saying. Without seeing his new commentaries, I don’t know how the material is presented. We’ll have to wait and see.

  12. rfwhite said,

    September 5, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    One other consideration: who is the intended audience? Commentaries with lots of background information are most frequently written for those in the academic guild (specialists such as professors, students, and graduates). Other commentaries are not written for that audience, but for non-specialists. Different audience, different content.

  13. Paige Britton said,

    September 5, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    True enough! But if you’re buying a commentary sight unseen, maybe it should have a subtitle or something, so you know what to expect. :) (I’m being picky — I’m sure this will be a useful one for pastors, anyhow.)

  14. September 5, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Dr. Sproul 3 volumes on the WCF were subtitled as “A Layman’s Guide to the WCF”, although I think that work has great pastoral value as well. Perhaps we’ll see something equally edifying on the new commentary.

  15. rfwhite said,

    September 6, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    We get some help on what we’re getting in this work by following the link provided by GreenBaggins, which gives us the Publisher’s Description and shows us that the volumes have a subtitle, “expositional commentary.”

  16. Paige Britton said,

    September 6, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Hmm, a little helpful, but a little obscure, too — are the sermons “the *foundation* of these never-before-published expositions,” or are the “expositions” really just the sermons? Stay tuned…I am still hoping for footnotes, and maybe even an excursus or two. :)

    Nice price, anyway!

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