Charles L. Quarles

Charles L. Quarles

Charles L. Quarles

Research Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology
Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology

Discipline: Biblical Theology
Teaching Since: 2013
Area: Biblical Studies
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B.A., University of Mississippi
M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary


Quarles is a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of the University of Mississippi where he received the University’s highest awards in both of his majors (Classical Greek and Sociology). He received his Master of Divinity Degree with Honors and his Ph.D. in New Testament and Greek from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary. 
He is an experienced pastor, missionary, and theological educator. He served as Senior Pastor of three churches in North Mississippi and East Tennessee for over ten years. He served as a missionary of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Bucharest Romania from 1999 to 2002. He has served as a professor of New Testament and Greek at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, the Bucharest Baptist Theological Seminary, the University of Bucharest, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and Louisiana College. He has also served as an adjunct professor and visiting professor respectively at Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on volunteer mission trips in Kenya, Zimbabwe, Russia, and Kazakhstan.
He has published research in numerous international journals including New Testament Studies, Novum Testamentum, the Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, and the Bulletin for Biblical Research. In additional to many Bible studies, articles in reference works, and reviews, he is the editor or author of six books including Buried Hope or Risen Savior: The Search for the Jesus Tomb; The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: A Comprehensive New Testament Introduction (with Andreas Kostenberger and Scott Kellum); The Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ's Message to the Modern Church; and The Illustrated Life of Paul (forthcoming). He is presently writing a Theology of the Gospel of Matthew (2013) and a commentary on the Greek text of Matthew (2017).
He and his wife Julie have been married since 1989 and have three children, Rachael, Hannah, and Joshua. 




The Abstract of Principles has served as a guiding document since Southeastern’s founding. In April 2001, Trustees revised the institutional bylaws to include the 2000 revision of the Baptist Faith and Message along with the Abstract of Principles as the official articles of faith for the school. Since then, faculty have been asked to state in writing that these documents represent their personal beliefs without mental hesitation or reservation and they committed themselves to teach in accordance with and not contrary to these statements of faith.

In addition to the articles of faith, Southeastern further recognizes two documents that clarify beliefs on critical issues. The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy reflects Southeastern’s commitment to biblical authority. The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood addresses the issue of biblical manhood and womanhood. These documents serve as guidelines and affirmations of convictions and beliefs that are already expressed in Southeastern’s statement of faith. Members of the Faculty commit to teach in accordance with and not contrary to the doctrines expressed in these documents.

The faculty of Southeastern published the booklet, “Here we stand! This We Believe!” to introduce the statements of faith signed by the faculty and the affirmation statements endorsed by the faculty. The fifth document in the booklet is the Nashville Statement, which is not a formally recognized document of the school but expresses the position of the school on gender and sexuality.