I haven’t used Milgrom’s shorter work, but I will recommend without hesitation anything he writes. He has the capacity to thoroughly express opposing views. You could become convinced of an opponents position by reading his exposition of it. That’s how thorough and fair he is. He then makes very clear his own reasons for holding a different view.

His background in the related literature from other Ancient Near Eastern cultures is practically unparalleled. In the Anchor Bible set he covers the history of interpretation, both Jewish and Christian. There are very few commentators for whom I have a similar level of respect, and none for whom my respect is greater.