Commentaries on Galatians

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Galatians. 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 text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on Galatians



Galatians (WBC) by Richard Longenecker


Cover links to Amazon

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: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



Galatians (BECNT) by Douglas J. Moo


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



Galatians (NAC) by Timothy George


Cover links to Amazon

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: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



Galatians (NIGTC) by F.F. Bruce


Cover links to Amazon

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: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGNT 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.”



Galatians: Pentecostal Commentary by Gordon Fee


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “An important new series of commentary on biblical books, from a Pentecostal perspective.”



Galatians (REC) by Philip Graham Ryken


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

World Magazine: 2017 “Series of the Year”

Best for: Anyone

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.”



Galatians (ZECNT) by Thomas Schreiner


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



Galatians by Leon Morris


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



Galatians (NICNT) by Rodney Y.K. Fung


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



Galatians (BNTC) by James D.G. Dunn


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “Black’s New Testament Commentary has been hailed by both scholars and pastors for its insightful interpretations and reliable commentary.”



Galatians (LCC) by Martin Luther


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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 (AB) by J. Louis Martyn


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

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.”



Galatians (Herm) by Hans Dieter Betz


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

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).”



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


Cover links to Amazon

Reviews and Accolades:

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

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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 Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



Galatians (NIVAC) by Scot McKnight


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



Galatians (For You) by Tim Keller


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “God’s Word For You is a series of expository guides which walk you through books of the Bible verse-by-verse. These flexible resources can be used for reading, for feeding and for leading: read them simply as a book; use them to feed on God’s word as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions; or use them as you prepare to lead small-group Bible studies or teach in your church.”



Galatians (Preaching the Word) by Todd Wilson


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.”



Galatians (Interpretation) by Charles B. Cousar


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



Galatians and Thessalonians (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “N.T. ‘Tom’ Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the end of each volume.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



Galatians (NTL) by Martinus C. De Boer


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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.”



The Message of Galatians (BST) by John Stott


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (HNTC) by Max Anders


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

Purpose: From the publisher: This series “is an invaluable tool for those who teach the Word of God in a group or church setting. This verse-by-verse commentary systematically explains biblical text based on trusted, conservative scholarship. The series is designed to enrich new and experienced Bible teachers as they minister to God’s people, inspiring those who learn the marvelous truths in the New Testament to have a passion for spreading the gospel.”



Galatians (CC) by A Andrew Das


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

Purpose: “From the publisher: “A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture is written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.”



Galatians (UBCS) by L. Ann Jervis


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.”



Galatians (NCBC) by Craig S. Keener


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, teachers, scholars

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 and Critical Commentaries



Galatians (Paideia) by Peter Oakes


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors trained in the original languages, scholars

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 for Bible Study



Galatians (MNTC) by John MacArthur


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: Anyone

Purpose: From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse—sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”



Galatians by J. Vernon McGee


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: Anyone

Purpose: “From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”



Galatians (Geneva) by John Brown


Cover links to Amazon

Best for: pastors, laypeople with significant biblical and theological knowledge

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.'”