Jarvis J. Williams

Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation (2013); Book Review Editor, The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology

Jarvis J. Williams has served as an Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary since 2013. He’s published numerous academic works. A few are Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul’s Conception of Jesus’s Death?; For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology; and Christ Died For Our Sins: Representation and Substitution in Romans and Their Jewish Martyrological Background. He’s published essays on soteriology in Romans and in Second Temple Judaism in Brill Academic and in the Society of Biblical Literature Press. He’s also published numerous popular books and articles on racism and racial reconciliation.

Williams’s research focuses on soteriology (broadly defined) in Second Temple Judaism, the Second Temple Jewish context of Paul’s soteriology in Romans and Galatians, and the intersection of soteriology and race. His many current writing projects include a Galatians commentary for the New Covenant Commentary Series and a T&T Clark monograph on Gal 3:13 for the Library of New Testament Studies Series. He’s interested in supervising Ph.D. students pursuing specialization in the Second Temple Jewish context of Paul’s soteriology in Galatians. He’s a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

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B.S., Boyce College; M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary