15 Best Galatians Commentaries You Must Read First

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1) Commentary on Galatians (Luther Classic Commentaries)


Commentary on Galatians
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The late Martin Luther – the father of the Protestant Reformation – leaves behind his scholarly and classic commentary on Galatians for Luther Classic Commentaries.  This book is an absolute necessity for anyone doing a study of the Book of Galatians.  Luther lays out his gospel of grace in a very readable, fluid format.


2) Galatians (Reformed Expository Commentary)


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Reformed Expository Commentaries are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is Reformed in doctrine, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting. Philip Ryken pens the volume on Galatians.


3) Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Christian Freedom


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The late Leon Morris – one of the leading evangelical New Testament scholars of the twentieth century – leaves behind Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Christian Freedom for IVP Academic.  A worthwhile read by a classic evangelical commentator.


4) The Epistle to the Galatians (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)



The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others. F.F. Bruce writes the thorough study on the Epistle to the Galations.


5) Galatians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture



Timothy George – dean of Beeson Divinity School – writes Galatians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary. Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


6) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 41, Galatians


The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.  Richard N. Longenecker writes volume 41 on Galatians.


7) Let’s Study Galatians (Let’s Study Series)


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The 18 volume Let’s Study series seeks to combine explanation and application. The aim is to explain Scripture as if speaking to a friend. Published by Banner of Truth, this series is a must for every Christian home. The Galatians volume is written by Derek Thomas – Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.


8) Galatians (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



The 8 volume Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament’s aim is not to review and critique every possible interpretation of a passage, but rather to exegete each passage of Scripture succinctly in its grammatical and historical context.  It features: a theology in application section, identification of the main idea for each section, exegetical outline with verse-by-verse commentary and more.  The volumes are written primarily for pastors and Bible teachers, but its attention to contemporary issues in the church makes it a focused resource for anyone teaching, preaching, or studying these passages.  Thomas R. Schreiner writes the volume on Galatians.

9) Galatians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people. Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints. Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases. Well known New Testament scholar Douglas Moo offers a weighty yet accessible commentary on Galatians.




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J. Gresham Machen and John H. Skilton team with Solid Ground Christian Books to offer Notes on Galatians 1:1 – 3:14.  Although this book covers only the first three chapters of Galatians, you have the opportunity to see Paul at his highest level of passion described by Machen (an author who has the ability to make any scripture come alive).  This book is a must have addition to any library of top commentaries on Galatians.


11) Epsc Galatians (Ep Study Commentary)


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The Evangelical Press (Ep) Study Commentary is 22 volumes of the best in biblical exposition from some of the most notable evangelical Reformed scholars. This series is aimed at the minister, theologian, layman, and serious student. While comprehensive in scope, the volumes are practical and straightforward and each author presents a careful analysis of the biblical text. Peter Barnes writes the volume on Galatians – Paul’s most fiercely worded epistle.


12) Grace in Galatia: A Commentary on Paul’s Letter to the Galatians



Ben Witherington III – Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky and faculty at St. Andrews University, Scotland – pens Grace in Galatia (an innovative socio-rhetorical study) for Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.


13) Interpreting Galatians: Explorations in Exegetical Method



Dr. Moisés Silva – faculty member of New Testament at Westmont College, Westminster Theological Seminary and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – explores Galatians via exegetical method in Interpreting Galatians for Baker Academic.  A rich and thought provoking read.


14) The Epistle to the Galatians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)


The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.  The Epistle to the Galatians volume is written by Ronald Y. K. Fung.


15) Sermons on Galatians


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Here, Kathy Childress translates John Calvin’s sermons on Galatians from French for Banner of Truth.  A powerful and important book of well translated sermons.







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