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Tyndale Theological Seminary
Mario Tafferner, PhD

Mario Tafferner, PhD


Mario is from the area of Giessen, Germany. He and his family came to Tyndale from Deerfield, IL, where he pursued a doctorate in Old Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Mario has a passion for teaching theology in an intercultural context. Having lived in four different countries (Germany, Israel, USA, and the Netherlands), he feels the need to think christianly in the context of global challenges and opportunities for the kingdom of God. Mario is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He lives with his wife, Elsbeth, and their two kids, Natalie, Jakob, and Josua in Alkmaar.


  • B.A., Theology, Giessen School of Theology, Giessen, Germany
  • M.A. Near Eastern Cultures and Languages, Philipps-Universit├Ąt, Marburg, Germany
  • PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL

Areas of Academic Interest

  • For his doctoral thesis, Mr. Tafferner researches the purpose of historiography in royal inscriptions from the ancient Levant and Old Testament. His areas of interest include:
  • The Former Prophets
  • West Semitic Inscriptions
  • Comparative approaches to the Old Testament
  • Bioethics

Current Administrative Responsibilities

  • Dean of Men
  • Co-Editor, Tyndale Theses Series

Professional and Ministry Experience

  • Robert D. Orr endowed Fellow and Research Analyst at The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, Deerfield, IL
  • Adjunct Faculty for Theological German at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • Research Assistant at the Akademie f├╝r Reformatorische Theologie, Hannover, Germany