Assistant Professor of Religion
Campus Phone: Ext. 5272
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5052
Office: Garland Library 129
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Dr. Travis B. Williams came to Tusculum College in 2011 in a visiting role, but has now moved into a position as Assistant Professor of Religion. He teaches many of the Hebrew and Christian Traditions courses as well as various electives within the Religious Studies curriculum. Along with his experience in the Residential Program, he also commonly works with the Graduate and Professional Studies Program.
His research interests include: the epistles of 1-2 Peter & Jude; patronage and benefaction in the Greco-Roman world; social scientific analysis & ideological critique (e.g., postcolonial studies, feminist criticism, queer theory, etc) within New Testament interpretation; Greco-Roman religion (esp. imperial cults); and scripture in ancient Judaism and early Christianity.
At the moment, Dr. Williams is devoting particular attention to the epistle of 1 Peter. Aside from producing a number of articles which have appeared in a variety of internationally-recognized journals, he is currently working on a monograph entitled Good Works in 1 Peter: Negotiating Social Conflict and Christian Identity in the Greco-Roman World (WUNT 1. Reihe; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014), which explores the role of the good works motif in constructing the social identity of a group on the margins of Greco-Roman society. The study builds on his earlier work, Persecution in 1 Peter: Differentiating and Contextualizing Early Christian Suffering (NovTSup 145; Leiden: Brill, 2012), which examines the participation (or lack thereof) of early Christians within Greco-Roman society and the resultant conflict which emerged with non-Christians. Along with this, Dr. Williams is also co-authoring (with David G. Horrell [University of Exeter]) the 1 Peter volume for the International Critical Commentary series.
Aside from his efforts in 1 Peter, Dr. Williams is also exploring the question of patronage and civic benefaction in the Greco-Roman world and in the New Testament. In collaboration with Arjan Zuiderhoek (University of Ghent), he has recently begun a volume entitled Civic Benefaction in the Greco-Roman World: Texts, Translations, and Commentary (Berlin: Walter De Gruyter, in preparation), which is meant to serve as a sourcebook for the study of euergetism (i.e., an ancient gift-exchange in which a member of the local or provincial elite used his (or her) private wealth or power to benefit a city, its citizenry, or a group of citizens, and in return, received reciprocal recognition of the contribution as a benefaction). This study builds on his wider interests in the socio-economic condition(s) within early Christianity.
To view samples of his published work, visit http://tusculum.academia.edu/TravisWilliams