Best Galatians Commentaries

The best Galatians commentaries are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Galatians that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the Bible, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. (See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.)


Best-Reviewed Galatians Commentaries


Galatians (Word Biblical Commentary) by Richard N. Longenecker

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Reviews and Accolades:

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Galatians

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Galatians; “accessible to the reader without much without much skill in Greek”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “the most helpful Greek commentary on Galatians”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Longenecker takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He taught at McMaster Divinity College, which evangelical and multi-denominational, with Baptist heritage. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume will be maximized by readers who have had training in Greek. Longenecker is well-known for his Romans commentary in the NIGTC series. The publisher notes that the WBC series “delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.


Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Douglas J. Moo

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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Galatians

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Moo takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Though this is an exegetical commentary, Moo offers an abundance of theological reflection. Moo is well-known for his James commentary in the PNTC series. The publisher notes that the BECNT series combines “scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness.” See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.


Galatians (New American Commentary) by Timothy George

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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 commentary on Galatians; “one of the better volumes in the NAC series”

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “an excellent theological exposition”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: George takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Baptist. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. There is more preaching help than exegetical help in this volume. The publisher notes that the NAC helps “pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” See more about the New American Commentary series.


The Epistle to the Galatians (New International Greek Testament Commentary) by F.F. Bruce

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical but meaty exposition”

Keith Mathison: #2 commentary on Galatians; “a very helpful contribution for those who wish to dig deeper into the original text”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Bruce takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for readers who can follow a technical Greek commentary. Bruce is well-known for his Acts commentary in the NICNT series. The publisher notes “at a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGTC will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament.” See more about the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.


Galatians: Pentecostal Commentary by Gordon Fee

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a fresh and clear exposition”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Fee takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He fellowships with the Assemblies of God. Fee is well-known for his 1 Corinthians commentary in the NICNT series. This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. The publisher notes that commentaries in this series are written “from a Pentecostal perspective.”


Galatians (Reformed Expositional Commentary) by Philip Graham Ryken

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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #1 commentary on Galatians; “helpful to pastors and teachers,” “very highly recommended”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Ryken takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. Ryken is wrote the Luke commentary in the same series. The REC series has “four fundamental commitments. First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” See more about the Reformed Expository Commentary series.


Galatians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Thomas R. Schreiner

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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Galatians; “helpful to students and pastors alike”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Schreiner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Baptist and Reformed. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Schreiner is well-known for his Hebrews commentary in the BTCP series. The publisher notes that the ZECNT series “was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text.” See more about the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series. Also see The Visual Aid Pastors Will Love in the ZEC commentary series.


Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Freedom by Leon Morris

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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 commentary on Galatians; “careful, insightful, and edifying”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Morris takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He was Anglican and Reformed (d. 2006). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This commentary is not part of a series. Morris is well-known for his Matthew commentary in the PNTC series. The publisher notes that readers “who have puzzled over the twists, turns and compressed arguments of Galatians will be delighted to have Morris as their guide. The text that through the centuries has stirred and ignited the embers of gospel faith speaks with clarity again in our day.”


Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians by Ben Witherington III

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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Galatians

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Witherington takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Witherington is well-known for his Revelation commentary in the SRC series. The publisher notes that this commentary “features the latest discussion of major problems in Pauline studies, including Paul’s view of the law and the relationship between the historical data in Galatians and in Acts. Yet the narrative character of Witherington’s work allows it to remain exceedingly accessible.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical Commentary series.


Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Rodney Y.K. Fung

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a brief and helpful exposition for pastors”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Fung takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Fung studied under F.F. Bruce. This volume was replaced by David A. deSilva in 2018 (see below). The publisher notes that the NICNT provides readers “an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.


Galatians (Black’s New Testament Commentary) by James D.G. Dunn

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “interesting exposition from an advocate of ‘the new perspective'”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Dunn takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is associated with the Church of Scotland and Methodism. Dunn is an advocate of The New Perspective on Paul. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Dunn is well-known for his Colossians and Philemon commentary in the NICNT series. The publisher notes that the BNTC series “has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.” See more about Black’s New Testament Commentary series.


Galatians (Crossway Classic Commentary) by Martin Luther

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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Galatians; a “great classic commentary,” “this commentary has been an inspiration to thousands”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Luther was a German professor of theology, priest, monk, and a central figure in the Protestant Reformation (d. 1546). This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. The publisher notes the “Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.” See more about Crossway Classic Commentaries.


Galatians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by J. Louis Martyn

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “interprets Galatians from the perspective of ‘apocalyptic'”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Martyn takes a critical approach to Scripture. He taught at Union Theological Seminary (d. 2015). This commentary is best for readers who can follow a technical Greek commentary. The publisher notes that the Anchor series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.” See more about the Anchor Bible Commentary series.


Galatians (Hermeneia) by Hans Dieter Betz

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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical but learned commentary”

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Betz takes a critical approach to Scripture. He is a German-American scholar of the New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Chicago. This commentary is best for readers who can follow a technical Greek commentary. The publisher notes that the “Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible” See more about the Hermeneia Bible commentary series.


Global Readings: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians by David A. deSilva

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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Galatians

Theology, Audience, and Purpose: deSilva takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Methodist. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. deSilva wrote the revised edition of Galatians in the NICNT series (see above). The publisher notes “this innovative commentary by respected New Testament scholar David deSilva is grounded in both approaches: a careful exegesis of Galatians as a basis for discerning the challenge of Scripture in any social location.”


Verse-by-Verse Expository Commentaries


Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by David A. deSilva

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: deSilva takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Methodist. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This volume replaced Fung’s in the same series (see above). The publisher notes that the NICNT provides readers “an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.”


Galatians (NIV Application Commentary) by Scot McKnight

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: McKnight takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is currently Professor of New Testament at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. McKnight is an advocate of The New Perspective on Paul. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the NIVAC series “not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series. Also compare NIVAC and IVPNTC commentaries.


Galatians (The New Testament Library) by Martinus C. De Boer

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Boer takes an critical approach to Scripture. He is Professor of New Testament at Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. The pubslisher notes that the NLT series offers “fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text.” See more about the New Testament Library commentary series.


Galatians (IVP New Testament Commentary) by G. Walter Hansen

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Hansen takes an critical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Hansen is well-known for his Philippians commentary in the PNTC series. The publisher notes that the IVPNTC series is “informed by the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship, presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues.” See more about the IVP New Testament Commentary series.


The Message of Galatians (The Bible Speaks Today) by John Stott

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Scott takes an critical approach to Scripture. He was Anglican and Reformed (d. 2011). This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Scott is well-known for his 1 Timothy commentary in the same series. The publisher notes that the distinctives of the BST series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.


Galatians (Concordia Commentary) by A. Andrew Das

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Theology, Audience, Purpose: Das takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is evangelical and Lutheran. While not technical, the volumes in the Concordia Commentary series reflect seminary-level scholarship. The target audience is pastors, professors, and teachers. The target audience is pastors, professors, and teachers. According to the publisher, authors in the Concordia series “fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes ‘that which promotes Christ’ in each pericope.” See more about the Concordia Commentary series.


Galatians (Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised) by Robert K. Rapa

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Rapa takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the REBC series reflects “scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.


Galatians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by R. Alan Cole

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Cole takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Cole also wrote the Mark commentary in the same series. The TNTC series is “examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.


Galatians (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by L. Ann Jervis

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Jervis takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the UBCS offers “careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.” See more about the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series.


Galatians (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Craig S. Keener

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Keener takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Arminian. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. Keener is well-known for his John commentary. The NCBC series utilizes “recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.” See more about the New Cambridge Bible Commentary series.


Galatians (Lectio Continua) by J.V. Fesko

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Fesko takes an evangelical approach to Scripture. He is Reformed. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. This publisher notes that each “volume of expositions aspires to be redemptive-historical, covenantal, Reformed and confessional, trinitarian, person-and-work-of-Christ-centered, and teeming with practical application.” See more about the Lectio Continua commentary series.


Technical Commentaries


Galatians (Paideia Commentary on the New Testament) by Peter Oakes

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Theology, Audience, and Purpose: Oakes takes a critical approach to Scripture. This commentary is best for expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, and experienced Bible readers. The publisher notes that the Paideia series “approaches each text in its final, canonical form, proceeding by sense units rather than word-by-word or verse-by-verse. Each sense unit is explored in three sections: (1) introductory matters, (2) tracing the train of thought, (3) key hermeneutical and theological questions. Graduate and seminary students, professors, and pastors will benefit from this readable commentary, as will theological libraries.” See more about the Paideia series.


Classic Christian Commentaries


Galatians (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by John Brown

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Synopsis: This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. The publisher notes “the expositions of John Brown (1784-1858) are unusually helpful to all kinds of readers. Spurgeon said in his Commenting and Commentaries, ‘Brown is a modern Puritan of the utmost value. The volume on Galatians is one of the scarcest books in the market.'”


Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) by Mark J. Edwards

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Synopsis: This commentary is best for individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes. The publisher notes “this volume opens a treasury of resources for biblical study today. The expository voices of Jerome, Origen, Augustine, Chrysostom, Ambrosiaster, Theodoret, Marius Victorinus and Theodore of Mopsuestia speak again with eloquence and intellectual acumen, some in English translation for the first time.”


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