the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Jarvis Williams

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


Dr. Jarvis J. Williams is associate professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary. Prior to coming to Southern, he served as an assistant professor of New Testament and Greek from 2008-2012 and as an associate professor of New Testament and Greek from 2012-2013 at Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky. He is the author of Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul’s Conception of Jesus’s Death? (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock, 2010), One New Man: The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Pauline Theology (Nashville: Broadman and Holman Academic Press, 2010), For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology, Paternoster Biblical Monograph Series, eds. Richard Bauckham, Stanley Porter, Robert Gordon, I. Howard Marshall, and Craig Blomberg (Milton, Keynes, UK: Paternoster, 2012) and Christ Died for Our Sins: Representation and Substitution in Romans and Their Jewish Martyrological Background (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2015). Dr. Williams is currently writing a monograph on Ethno-Racial Identity in the bible (Crossway), a monograph on Gal 3:13 (T. & T. Clark), and a Galatians Commentary in the New Covenant Commentary Series (Wipf & Stock).

Dr. Williams’s research interests are Second Temple Judaism, Romans, Galatians, atonement and soteriology in Second Temple Judaism and in Paul, the influence and function of the apocrypha and pseudepigrapha on the New Testament, early Christian origins, Ethno-Racial identity formation in early Christianity, and critical race theory. An element of Dr. Williams’ work highlights the intersection of soteriology and race in Second Temple Judaism and in Galatians and Romans. Dr. Williams is interested in supervising Ph.D. students who specifically both want to work in and to write a dissertation in the areas of the Jewish origins of and the meaning of atonement and soteriology in Romans and Galatians, in the areas of Ethno-Racial identity formation in the Pauline letters, in the area of Jewish and Gentile relations in Second Temple Judaism and in Paul, or in the area of the function and the influence of the apocrypha and pseudepigrapha on the New Testament, especially on the Pauline letters. Dr. Williams is open to the possibility of supervising Ph.D. students with other New Testament Jewish background interests besides the ones mentioned above.

He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, The Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. In addition to his books and numerous articles, Dr. Williams has written Sunday School material for the Gospel Project. Dr. Williams has also served as an interim pastor of churches in Kentucky, and he preaches often in churches and at conferences throughout the country.

Jarvis Williams

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Bachelor of Science, Boyce College (2000); Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies, SBTS (2003); Master of Theology in New Testament Greek Exegesis, SBTS (2004); Doctorate of Philosophy in New Testament with a double minor in New Testament Greek and Hebrew Bible, SBTS (2007)
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.