Tim Wardle

Tim Wardle

Dorothy and B.H. Peace Jr. Associate Professor of Religion; Chair of Religion Department

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Tim Wardle is Chair of the Religion Department and Associate Professor of New Testament. He received his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Duke University, M.A. in Religious Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and B.A. in History and Biblical Studies from Wheaton College in Illinois. Tim’s classes primarily focus on the New Testament texts in their first century context, Judaism in the late Second Temple Period, and the political and religious history of the city of Jerusalem. Along with numerous articles and other publications, Tim is the author of The Jerusalem Temple and Early Christian Identity (Mohr Siebeck, 2010). His current research centers on issues relating to the gospel of Mark, the Samaritans, and the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. Tim has led numerous Study Away Programs for Furman students, including Semester and May Experience programs to Israel, Jordan, Turkey, and Scotland.

Honors & Awards

  • Dorothy and B. H. Peace Endowed Chair (2021-present)
  • Jim Smart Award (2021). Award given for exemplary work with Furman students in encouraging vocational exploration and reflection through teaching, advising, mentoring, service, and public engagement.
  • Chiles-Harrill Award (2016). Award given by Furman’s Senior class to the faculty or staff person considered to have made the most substantial contribution to their lives as students.


  • Ph.D. Duke University
  • M.A. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • B.A. Wheaton College


  • Gospel of Mark
  • Late Second Temple Period Judaism
  • The Samaritans
  • City of Jerusalem