- Helpful in historical reconstruction – “one way commentaries serve the preacher is by doing much of the historical legwork for us”.
- Content clarification – check up on factual matters (commentators have greater fluency with original languages).
- Problem discussion (debates over meaning of text, phrase, word).
- Helps us to begin to think about legitimate application.
- Enriching communication (often commentators are wordsmiths, good with English).
(Photo: Tom Murphy VII)