Jarvis J. Williams

Professor of New Testament Interpretation (2013)

Dr. Jarvis J. Williams has taught at Southern Seminary since 2013. He has published numerous books, including Christ Redeemed ‘Us’ from the Curse of the Law: A Jewish Martyrological Reading of Galatians 3:13 in the Library of New Testament Studies Monograph Series (T&T Clark, 2019), a commentary on Galatians in the New Covenant Commentary Series (Cascade, 2020), Redemptive Kingdom Diversity: A Biblical Theology of the People of God (Baker Academic, 2021), The Spirit, Ethics, and Eternal Life: Paul’s Vision for the Christian Life in Galatians (IVP Academic, 2023), and a popular commentary on Romans (IVP Academic, Forthcoming 2023 or 2024). Dr. Williams has also published popular books and articles on race, racism, and reconciliation.

Dr. Williams’s many current and future writing projects include The Gospel in Romans: Paul’s Vertical, Horizontal, and Cosmic Good News for Jews and Gentiles (Baker Academic, Forthcoming 2025), Theological themes in Colossians and Philemon (Zondervan Academic, Forthcoming 2025), a commentary on Ephesians (B&H Academic), a book on Galatians (Zondervan Academic), a Pauline Theology (Baker Academic), and a devotional book on Romans (Lexham). He also hopes to write a technical commentary on Romans and a New Testament Theology.

Dr. Williams’s research interests are Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Pauline Soteriology (broadly defined) in Paul’s Second Temple Jewish context, Pauline Theology, and soteriology in Second Temple Judaism. Dr. Williams is interested in supervising prospective dissertations on potential topics related to Galatians, Romans, Ephesians, Pauline Soteriology, Pauline Theology, Paul’s use of scripture, and comparative readings of Pauline Theology or of Pauline texts with his Second Temple Jewish context. Dr. Williams is a member of the Institute for Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature.

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