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In this addition to the award-winning BECNT series, highly regarded New Testament scholar Douglas Moo offers a substantive yet accessible commentary on Galatians. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Moo leads readers through all aspects of the book of Galatians--sociological, historical, and theological--to help them better understand its meaning and relevance.

As with all BECNT volumes, this commentary features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and an acclaimed, user-friendly design. It admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for pastors, church leaders, students, and teachers.


"There is certainly a place for many commentaries on Galatians, but those who invest in only one would do well to make it Moo's. Careful in its exegesis, balanced in its judgments, fair in its treatment of others, and theologically sensitive, Moo's Galatians, like his commentary on Romans, is sure to become a standard work in the field."

Stephen Westerholm, professor of early Christianity, McMaster University

"Douglas Moo's expertise as a commentator is well known, and his skill is on display in this outstanding commentary on Galatians. Moo is scrupulously fair to opposing viewpoints and nuanced and careful in his explication of the text. In addition to a line-by-line explanation of the letter, Moo also offers a substantive and satisfying explanation of Paul's theology in Galatians."

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"An excellent commentary! Douglas Moo conducts a thorough exegesis in critical and constructive discussion with all the major new proposals for interpreting Galatians and Pauline theology, especially the New Perspective, and presents a clear and persuasive exposition of Paul's arguments in the epistle. Many scholars and pastors will appreciate this book as the most helpful and reliable commentary on Galatians currently available."

Seyoon Kim, professor of New Testament, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Moo has proven himself in his other New Testament writings--as well as now in his Galatians commentary--to be too good a scholar, too perceptive an exegete, and too persuasive a writer to be ignored by either his scholarly peers or the Christian world at large. His Galatians commentary is a veritable gold mine of linguistic data, of various scholarly options, and of Moo's own informed responses to all sorts of critical issues of importance in the study of Paul's letter to his Christian converts in the Roman province of Galatia."

Richard N. Longenecker, professor emeritus of New Testament, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

"Douglas Moo has written the single best commentary now available on Galatians. His exegesis of the text arises out of meticulous research in the primary sources and engagement with a vast range of secondary literature. His insightful and fair judgments are the product of balanced, mature reflection on the important theological issues that Paul raises in the letter. All this is expressed in clear, engaging prose that leads the reader back to the text of Galatians itself with a deepened understanding of its compelling theological vision."

Frank Thielman, professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School

The Author

  1. Douglas J. Moo

    Douglas J. Moo

    Douglas J. Moo (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored many books, including Galatians in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New...

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"A good number of worthy commentaries appear in every publishing cycle. This year, one of the most important is Douglas J. Moo's new commentary on Galatians. . . . Moo offers a comprehensive and thorough approach to understanding Paul's letter to the Galatians. He offers a model of scholarship in addressing the critical issues and historical questions concerning this book of the Bible. Moo is also adept at dealing with the theological issues that arise in the interpretation of the biblical text. . . . Moo is judicious, careful, and patient in dealing with these issues. On the other hand, he does not allow the commentary to become an endless series of footnotes to previous scholarship. He enters that conversation, but then quickly turns to assist the reader in understanding the biblical text. This new commentary is relevant to the life of the church, reverent in its approach to the text, and genuinely helpful in its exegetical insights. . . . Walking through a commentary of this stature, with the Bible on one side of the table and the commentary on the other, will help the preacher to understand how to read and study Scripture. In that sense, reading this commentary is akin to entering the classroom with Douglas Moo. For that, we should be grateful."

R. Albert Mohler Jr.,

Preaching (Annual Survey of the Year's Best Books for Preachers, 2013)

Praise for the Series

"In this age of unprecedented proliferation of biblical commentary series, it is an outstanding accomplishment for the Baker Exegetical series consistently to have produced what with only rare exceptions have become the best available commentaries on the Greek text of the New Testament book or books treated."

Craig Blomberg,

Denver Journal

"Rigorous exegesis by seasoned scholars with explicit evangelical commitments. This is also one of the best-designed, easy-to-read series as it includes intro matters, then each commentator's translation, commentary, and textual notes for every passage. Very reliable."

Bruce Riley Ashford and Grant Taylor,

Between the Times blog



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