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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Dr. Logan Williams

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant in the Department of Theology and Religion

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Thesis Topic

Title (submitted): Love, Self Gift, and the Incarnation: Christology and Ethics in Galatians, in the Context of Pauline Theology and Greco-Roman Philosophy

In my thesis I argue that the standard vocabulary used to describe Paul's love-ethic – such as 'self-sacrificial', 'selfless', 'kenotic', and 'self-negating' – fails to capture adequately the dynamics of Paul's statements about the love of Jesus and believers. Using Galatians as a test case, I propose that, like other Greek and Roman moral thinkers, Paul encourages believers not to deny self-interest but rather to avoid setting the self in competition with others. Paul's ideal for love is that the interests of the community would become essentially shared.

Research Interests

  • Early Christian Ethics
  • Jewish Apocalyptic Literature
  • Letters of Paul
  • Priesthood (and Priestly Garments) in Ancient Judaism


Chapter in book

  • Williams, L. (2019). Giving the Self through Death: A Crucified Christ as Gift in Galatians. In Suffering and the Christian Life. Davies, Rachel & Kilby, Karen Bloomsbury T&T Clark. 23–32.

Journal Article

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