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Michael J. Svigel

Department Chair and Professor of Theological Studies

BS, Philadelphia Biblical University, 1996; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, 2001; PhD, 2008.

Besides teaching both historical and systematic theology at DTS, Dr. Svigel is actively engaged in teaching and writing for a broader evangelical audience. His passion for a Christ-centered theology and life is coupled with a penchant for humor, music, and writing. Dr. Svigel comes to DTS after working for several years in the legal field as well as serving as a writer with the ministry of Insight for Living. His books and articles range from text critical studies to juvenile fantasy. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three children, Sophie, Lucas, and Nathan.

Courses Taught

  • HT5101 - The Church to the Modern Era
  • HT5102 - Church in the Modern Era: Europe and America
  • HT5200 - History of Doctrine
  • HT5215 - Theology of the Early Church
  • HT5217 - Apostolic Fathers
  • HT5225 - Seminar in the History and Theology of the Middle Ages
  • HT5245 - Theology of Karl Barth
  • ST5101 - Theological Method and Bibliology
  • ST5102 - Trinitarianism
  • ST5103 - Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology
  • ST5104 - Soteriology
  • ST5105 - Sanctification and Ecclesiology
  • ST5106 - Eschatology


Academic Interests

Early church


DTS Voice Videos

Women in the Early Church
Why Go To Church?
Perspectives on the Lord's Supper - Classic
A Theology of Art and Beauty
Thinking Christianly About Burial and Cremation
Respectfully Engaging Scientology
Is Church More than a Sermon?
The Church in the Nicene Creed
500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Sola Fide: By Faith Alone
Classic - Key Differences Between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism
Universal Themes in Popular Movies
Discern, Determine, and Decide
The Language of Theology
Perspectives on the Lord's Supper
The Language of Theology
Key Differences Between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism
The Church and Trafficking
Classic: Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism
Classic: History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church
Don't Let Your Past Hold You Back
Catholicism and Protestantism: Contrasting Distinctives of Protestantism and Catholicism
Catholicism and Protestantism: The History and Organization of the Roman Catholic Church
Early Church: Christianity or Christianities?
Handle Scripture Well!

DTS Voice Articles

Journal Articles

  • "Extreme Makeover: Heaven and Earth Edition — Will God Annihilate the World and Re-Create it Ex Nihilo." Bibliotheca Sacra (171). 2014. 401-417.
  • "What Child is This?: Darby's Early Exegetical Argument for the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church." Trinity Journal (35). 2014. 225-251.
  • "The Center of Ignatius of Antioch's Catholic Christianity." Studia Patristica (45). 2010. 367–371.
  • "Christ as Arche in Revelation 3:14—Source, Ruler, or Beginning?." Bibliotheca Sacra (April-June 2004:161). 2004. 215-231.
  • "The Phantom Heresy: Did the Council of Ephesus (431) Condemn Chiliasm?." Trinity Journal (24). 2003. 105-112.
  • "The Apocalypse of John and the Rapture of the Church: A Reevaluation." Trinity Journal (22). 2001. 23-74.