Charles L. Quarles

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


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 PhD 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.


BA, University of Mississippi
MDiv, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary