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Best Bible Commentaries on Galatians

Galatians is the ninth book of the New Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to the Apostle Paul. The letter is addressed to Christians in the region of Galatia. Paul argues in Galatians that justification occurs apart from the Law. The purpose of Galatians is to defend the Gospel of Jesus Christ from legalism. Commentaries on Galatians often address whether the letter was written to a group of Christians is southern Galatia or to a group in northern Galatia. They also address the definition and implications of the gospel for Christians.

Galatians (WBC) by Richard Longenecker

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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"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Galatians (BECNT) by Douglas J. Moo

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  • D. A. Carson: a "best buy" on Galatians
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Galatians (NAC) by Timothy George

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  • Keith Mathison: #3 commentary on Galatians; "one of the better volumes in the NAC series"
  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "an excellent theological exposition"

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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

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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"

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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 (ZECNT) by Thomas Schreiner

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

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Galatians: Pentecostal Commentary by Gordon Fee

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Accolades:

  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a fresh and clear exposition"
  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on Galatians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians by Leon Morris

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  • Keith Mathison: #4 commentary on Galatians; "careful, insightful, and edifying"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (REC) by Philip Graham Ryken

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

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians by Ben Witherington III

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Accolades:

  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Galatians

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (NICNT) by Rodney Y.K. Fung

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a brief and helpful exposition for pastors"

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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 (NIVAC) by Scot McKnight

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
The Message of Galatians (BST) by John Stott

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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 (BNTC) by James D.G. Dunn

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "interesting exposition from an advocate of 'the new perspective'"

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (For You) by Tim Keller

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Galatians (Preaching the Word) by Todd Wilson

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians and Thessalonians (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (MNTC) by John MacArthur

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (LCC) by Martin Luther

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Accolades:

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

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (AB) by J. Louis Martyn

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "interprets Galatians from the perspective of 'apocalyptic'"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research for writing
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Galatians (Herm) by Hans Dieter Betz

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  • Tom Schreiner: recommended; "a technical but learned commentary"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
  • Scholars/professors doing research for writing
  • Scholars/professors teaching advanced courses
Galatians (NTL) by Martinus C. DeBoer

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Galatians (Interpretation) by Charles B. Cousar

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
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Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians (HNTC) by Max Anders

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  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Global Readings: A Sri Lankan Commentary on Paul's Letter to the Galatians by Daniel A. deSilva

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Accolades:

  • Craig Blomberg, etal: a "priority" commentary on Galatians

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking Bible study aides
  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help