J. Michael Thigpen, Executive Director

Educational Background

  • B.A. Religious Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.Div. Columbia International University
  • M.Phil. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Ph.D. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion




Select Publications

"Worship in the Book of Joshua: Trust and Obedience as Worship to Yahweh." In A Biblical Theology of Worship:  Exegesis for Everyday Worshippers. Edited by Benjamin K. Forrest, Walter C. Kaiser and John R. Markley. Grand Rapids: Kregel, forthcoming.

"Our Representational Reign: Royal Leadership in the United Monarchy." Pages 121-136 in Biblical Leadership: Theology for the Everyday Leader. Edited by Benjamin K. Forrest and Chet Roden. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017.

Divine Motive in the Hebrew Bible: A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis.. Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2015.

iVocab Syriac. with George A. Kiraz. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2010.

iVocab Biblical Hebrew: Advanced Vocabulary by Frequency. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009.

iVocab Biblical Greek: Advanced Vocabulary by Frequency. with David Hoffeditz. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009.

iVocab Biblical Hebrew 2.0: Vocabulary for Eight Beginning Grammars. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008.

iVocab Biblical Greek 2.0: Vocabulary for Six Beginning Grammars. with David Hoffeditz. Grand Rapids, Kregel, 2008.

"Lord of All the Earth: Yahweh and Baal in Joshua 3." Trinity Journal 27 (2006): 245-254.

About Dr. Thigpen

Dr. Thigpen enjoys teaching and writing on a wide variety of topics in the Old Testament. His special areas of interest are prophetic literature, God’s motives, and the theology of work and economics in the Old Testament. Michael’s passion is to help the church connect more deeply to the Old Testament by understanding its literary nature and historical background. In addition to serving as Executive Director of ETS, he serves as associate professor of Old Testament and Semitics at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, and lecturer in Old Testament at Munster Bible College in Cork, Ireland. He has extensive pastoral experience, having served churches in South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, and California. He is currently preparing a commentary on Hosea, Joel, Amos, and Obadiah. Dr. Thigpen and his wife Bonnie have two daughters, Abigail and Hannah.