I have never spent much time digging into expository commentaries, mainly because I am not a pastor. Do you find them valuable to your work? My issue, with the little exposure I have to them is that they might stifle the process of sermon crafting by substituting the pastor’s reflection, insight, applications, etc. on the text for the reflection and insight of the commentary author.
Do these help you ‘dig in’ to the text and understand the arguments and what is at stake in a given passage more than a scholarly, or even critical commentary?
Jed, I find most commentaries have something of value to contribute. Even the worst ones have an insight here or there that no one else does. Sometimes I wind up rejecting almost everything a commentary says (including expository works). At other times, an expository commentary has nailed it so well that I quote often from it. I don’t find them more or less useful than scholarly or critical commentaries. They are simply different. Oftentimes, critical and scholarly commentaries go off on rabbit trails that simply do not help when expositing the text, however interesting said rabbit-trail might be.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens; Justification, by John Fesko; The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; Recovering the Reformed Confessions, by Scott Clark; Brief Outline of Theology, by Friedrich Schleiermacher; Principles of Sacred Theology, by Abraham Kuyper
Books I am now reading
Exodus commentaries; Matthew commentaries; Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology; Baker's new history of the church
Books for future reading
Turretin's Institutes; Joseph Caryl on Job, German encyclopedias of theology