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Mario Tafferner, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Old Testament Language and Literature
  • Department of Biblical and Exegetical Studies


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 and Jakob, in Badhoevedorp.


  • B.A., Theology, Giessen School of Theology, Giessen, Germany
  • M.A. Near Eastern Cultures and Languages, Philipps-Universität, 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 für Reformatorische Theologie, Hannover, Germany

Academic Works, Presentations, and Theses Supervised

  • “The Good Life in Biblical and Theological Perspective,” Paper read at the annual conference of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity held on June 20-22 on the campus of Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL
  • “The Literary Background of 2 Sam 8:1-14 in Light of the Ancient South Arabian Royal Memorial Inscriptions,” Paper read at the “Emerging Voices in Samuel Studies Symposium” on April 25-27, 2019 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • “Heirs in Conflict: The Rivalry between Cain and Abel in its Northwest Semitic Background,“ Paper read at the 2018 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, CO
  • “The Linguistic Date of the Masoretic Extensions in the Book of Jeremiah,” Paper read on the 15th of November 2016 at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in San Antonio, TX