Jarvis J. Williams

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

Williams is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, he served as an assistant professor and an associate professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2012 in a university context. He is the author of numerous books and articles. A few of his current and forthcoming publications are:

Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul’s Conception of Jesus’ Death? Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2010.

One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2010.

For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology, Paternoster Biblical Monographs Series. Series Editors Richard Bauckham, Robert Gordon, I. Howard Marshall, and Craig Blomberg. Milton Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2012.

“Martyr Theology in Hellenistic Judaism and Paul’s Conception of Jesus’ Death in Romans 3:21-26,” In Christian Origins and Hellenistic Judaism: Social and Literary Contexts for the New Testament—Early Christianity in Its Hellenistic Context, Volume 2. Editors Stanley E. Porter and Andrew W. Pitts. Leiden: Brill 2012.

Christ Died For Our Sins: Representation and Substitution in Romans and Their Jewish Martyrological Background. Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2015.

“Cultic Action and Cultic Function in Second Temple Jewish Martyrologies: The Jewish Martyrs as Israel’s Yom Kippur,” in Cultic Action and Cultic Function. Editors Christian Eberhart and Henrietta Wiley. Atlanta: SBL Press, Forthcoming 2016.

Christ Redeemed ‘Us’ From the Curse of the Law. . . A Jewish Martyrological Reading of Galatians 3:13. Library of New Testament Studies Series. New York: T&T Clark, Forthcoming 2017.

A Commentary on Galatians. The New Covenant Commentary Series. Series Editors Michael Bird and Craig Keener. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, Forthcoming 2017.

Removing The Stain of Racism from the Southern Baptist Convention: Diverse African-American Voices (co-editor). Nashville, TN: B&H Academic, Forthcoming 2017.

A Chosen Race and a Royal Priesthood: A Biblical Theology of Ethnic Identity. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, Forthcoming 2018.

In addition to his books, Williams has published scholarly articles on soteriology and atonement in the Princeton Theological Review, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Criswell Theological Review.

Williams’s research interests focus on Second Temple Judaism, Romans, Galatians, soteriology and atonement in Second Temple Judaism, in Romans, and in Galatians, the influence and function of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha on the New Testament, early Christian origins, identity formation in early Christianity, and critical race theory. An element of Williams’s work seeks to highlight the intersection of soteriology and race in Second Temple Judaism, Romans, and Galatians.

Williams is interested in supervising Ph.D. students who want to specialize in and write a doctoral thesis on an aspect of Paul’s understanding of soteriology or atonement in light of his Second Temple Jewish context.

Williams is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Williams is also committed to the church. He has written numerous popular articles on matters related to the intersection of race, the gospel, and reconciliation for a variety of outlets. And he has written Sunday School material for the Gospel Project. Williams has served as an interim pastor of churches in Kentucky. He preaches and lectures often in churches and at conferences throughout the country. And he teaches and leads a small group in his local church in Louisville, Ky.

You can follow him on twitter @drjjwilliams

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