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Jan. 30, 2009

For Immediate Release



By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator


CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek in Campbellsville University’s School of Theology, will present the next faculty colloquium at CU Thursday, Feb. 5, in room 15 of the Administration Building.


The colloquium is titled “Maccabean Martyr Traditions and Paul’s Conception of Jesus’ Death in Romans Reconsidered: Insights from Maccabean Martyr Theology?”

The public is invited to the free colloquium which is at 4 p.m.

Williams, who is 30, started teaching at Campbellsville University as an adjunct professor of New Testament Study when he was 28.  He also serves as a visiting professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been invited to serve as a guest lecturer at other academic institutions of higher learning. 

He 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 2007 dissertation “Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement” is being peer-reviewed for publication.

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. He and his family live in Louisville, where they are members of Clifton Baptist Church. 

For more information on the colloquium, contact Dr. Roscoe Bowen, associate professor of exercise science, at (270) 789-5509 or via e-mail at

Campbellsville University is a private, comprehensive institution located in South Central Kentucky. Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and has an enrollment of 2,601 students who represent 93 Kentucky counties, 27 states and 31 foreign nations. Listed in U.S.News & World Report’s 2009 “America’s Best Colleges,” CU is ranked 22nd in “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South for the second consecutive year. CU has been ranked 16 consecutive years with U.S.News & World Report. The university has also been named to America’s Best Christian Colleges®. Campbellsville University is located 82 miles southwest of Lexington, Ky., and 80 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Michael V. Carter is in his tenth year as president.