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April 1, 2009

For Immediate Release


By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University will present “A Holy Week Conversation” by Dr. Jarvis Williams, assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at CU, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 6, in room 15 of the Administration Building on the main campus.

The administration building is located inside the front entrance to the university.

Williams’ lecture will be titled “Penal Substitution as the Foundation to Paul’s Soteriology: Would Paul Deny Penal Substitution?”

Dr. John Hurtgen, dean of the School of Theology, will give the prayer and welcome and introduce Williams.

“Dr. Jarvis Williams is one of our newest and most passionate professors in the School of Theology, as any student of his can testify,” Hurtgen said. “His specialty is in the area of the Apostle Paul and his letters. He is a rising Baptist scholar, who has just completed work on a book to be published by Broadman & Holman on racial reconciliation and the cross of Christ.”

“We invite the public to attend his lecture at no charge,” Hurtgen said. There will be dialogue and discussion about the content of the lecture after the address.

Williams’ research area of expertise is Pauline Theology, especially Pauline soteriology and atonement. Williams has published an article on penal substitution in Romans 3:25-26 and a book review on penal substitution in the 2007 edition of the Princeton Theological Review on atonement, and his recent article “Jesus’ Death, Martyr Theology, and Exemplary Suffering: A Fresh Exegesis of 1 Peter 2:18-25” will be published this year in the Campbellsville University Review.

Williams has recently written and submitted two other articles to be peer-reviewed for publication: “Penal Substitution and Paul’s Soteriology in Romans: Would Paul Deny Penal Substitution” (Tyndale Bulletin) and “The Influence of 4 Maccabees on Paul’s Conception of Jesus’ Death in Romans 3:24-26 Reconsidered: Insights from Maccabean Martyr Theology?” (New Testament Studies).

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.

For more information on the address, contact Williams at (270) 789- 5481 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.