Top Commentaries on Galatians

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Galatians 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 Bible Commentaries on Galatians



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”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” 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

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.” 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”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable 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”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “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… the volumes of the NIGTC are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.” 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

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “An important new series of commentary on biblical books, 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”

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: 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…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.” 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”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The idea for this 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…We arrived at a design that includes seven components for the treatment of each biblical passage”: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application.” See more about the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament 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”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “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

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The 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”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with 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'”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Black’s New Testament Commentary 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”

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.”



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'”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The 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”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Hermeneia commentary series seeks to offer authoritative interpretation of the earliest texts of the biblical books… The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible…The editors of Hermeneia impose no systematic-theological perspective upon the series (directly, or indirectly by selection of authors).” 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

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “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; and a reading of Galatians from the viewpoint of the challenges to living out its message among the churches in Sri Lanka, the result of extensive interaction with Christian leaders in Sri Lanka.”



More Expository Commentaries



Galatians (New International Version Application Commentary) by Scot McKnight


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The 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. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



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


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing 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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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume, 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… Preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.” See more about the IVP New Testament Commentary series.



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


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today 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 (Revised Expository Bible Commentary) by Robert K. Rapa


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.” See more about the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.



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


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.



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


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a 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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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek… Utilizing 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.”



Technical Commentaries



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


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Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “This commentary, like each in the 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.”



Classic Christian Commentaries



Galatians (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by John Brown


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: “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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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “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.”