Dr. Jarvis Williams to Speak at Colloquium

Sept. 9, 2009

For Immediate Release



By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

 Dr. Jarvis Williams,CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament  and Greek at Campbellsville University, will deliver a Faculty Colloquium at CU Thursday, Sept. 24 at 4 p.m. in room 15 of the Administration Building at 104 University Drive, Campbellsville.

            The title of his address is “Jewish Martyrdom as Yom Kippur in 2 and 4 Maccabees.”

            Williams said, “In 2 and 4 Maccabees, the Jewish martyrs function as Yom Kippur during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes IV. 

            I primarily argue the thesis by an analysis of key texts in 2 and 4 Maccabees, but I also discuss Leviticus 16 and other relevant second temple texts (Dead Sea Scrolls, Philo, etc.) that are relevant to my thesis.

            “I also briefly interact with some of the scholarship related to my thesis.”
            His 2007 doctoral thesis “Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement” will be published this year by Wipf & Stock, and he has a forthcoming book with Broadman & Holman titled “The Cross and Racial Reconciliation in Paul’s Theology,” which will be released in 2011.
Williams holds a bachelor of science in biblical studies (2000), a master of divinity in biblical and theological studies (2003), a master of theology in New Testament Greek Exegesis (2004), and a doctor of philosophy (2007) in New Testament with emphases in New Testament Theology, New Testament Greek and Old Testament Hebrew from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.
Williams’ research interests pertain to issues related to Pauline theology, especially atonement and justification.  He has already published a scholarly article and a book review on the atonement in the Princeton Theological Review’s December 2007 edition on atonement.
He is writing other scholarly articles and book proposals to be considered for publication by respected journals and publishers.

            His recent article “Jesus’ Death, Martyr Theology, and Exemplary Suffering: A Fresh Exegesis of 1 Peter 2:18-25” has been published this year in the Campbellsville University Review.
Williams is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Society of Biblical Literature.
Williams is married to Ana Elba Williams, and they have an infant son, Jaden Alexander Williams.
            Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2010 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 23rd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South and fourth in “up-and-coming” schools in the south. CU has been ranked 17 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges® and to G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his 11th year as president.   


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