Researcher Educator Archaeologist

Jan A. Sigvartsen PhD

Brief Bio

Jan A. Sigvartsen PhD

A dedicated educator and researcher, Jan Sigvartsen enjoys working with students to help them realize their education and research goals. He has authored over 50 publications and has led or been a part of 15 major scholarly research projects.

Jan currently works at Andrews University, USA  and is also a research consultant for the Center for Collaborative Study of Trauma, Health Equity, and Neurobiology

He formerly taught at the Theologische Hochschule Friedensau, Germany where he was also the PhD Programs Coordinator and Associate Director of their Institute for Biblical Studies and Archaeology.  He was also their representative for the Gesellschaft für Bildung und Forschung in Europa (GBFE), a network of 13 European theological tertiary institutions.  He also digs with the Balu’a Regional Archaeological Project, a major Iron Age Moabite site in Jordan. 


Publications & Research

Jan’s areas of research specialization are Old Testament Exegesis and Theology, Second Temple Period Judaism, and Archaeology.

Jan is best known for his two major works, published by Bloomsbury T&T Clark in their Jewish Christian Text Series, where he identified all of the resurrection and afterlife beliefs (18) in the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha. In these landmark studies, he discussed and diagramed the complete beliefs, and provided evidence for how the question of theodicy played a major role in the formation of these beliefs. He also identified that these beliefs had used support texts from books that later became the TaNaKh (Hebrew Bible/Protestant Old Testament) and had developed in isolation rather than being systematically built on one another.

He has participated in 15 research projects including the Beyond Beliefs Research Project, a major study investigating Millennial young adults' responses to over 100 sociocultural, demographic and religious topics.

Jan was a visiting research fellow for two years at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and undertook his PhD in Religion at Andrews University, USA, a school specializing in Old Testament, Early Judaism, and Biblical Archeology.


CLass & Program Development

Jan’s areas of research specialization are Old Testament Exegesis and Theology, Second Temple Period Judaism, and Archaeology.

He has taught graduate and undergraduate classes in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Second Temple Period, Biblical Studies, and Archaeology. He has supervised masters and PhD theses/dissertations and developed new programs and cross-institutional programs.

He is also known as the author of, a website that teaches students how to undertake exegesis, the primary research methodology of scholarly biblical research. This free online resource has been used by over 100,000 students from more than 190 countries.


Dig photo gallery

With colleagues from ThHF's sister universities, Jan currently digs with the Balu’a Regional Archaeological Project, a major Iron Age Moabite site in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
Iron Age Moabite HouseIron Age Moabite town
Reviews & Recommendations

Some words from others

James H. Charlesworth
Princeton Theological Seminary

Sigvartsen wisely sees the influence of Zoroastrianism in the development of Jewish creative thinking on resurrection and that is to be distinguished from the Hellenistic belief in the immortality of the soul. {His] book brings forward the major texts in translation with judicious use of Hebrew and Greek.

C. D. Elledge
Gustavus Adolphus College

Sigvartsen's timely volume addresses this pressing need in a thorough exploration of the Pseudepigrapha, which preserve some of the most significant writings for understanding early expressions of resurrection. His study leads the reader on an enlightening journey into the rich interpretive culture that stood behind early references to resurrection.

Jason Maston
Houston Baptist University

Through the focus on the role of the TaNaKh in shaping later views, Sigvartsen's study highlights a neglected feature in the study of ancient Jewish views of the afterlife and resurrection particularly. Scholars will find his discussions of individual texts worth consideration.

Thomas Hieke
Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz

DeepL Translation: Finally, Sigvartsen presents two tables with the references of early Jewish literature to passages in the TaNaKh (once arranged according to the passages in the Hebrew Bible, once according to the 18 different "life-after-death" ideas in the literature discussed). These tables are a treasure trove for the reception history of biblical texts in earliest times.

Jacques B. Doukhan
Director, Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies, Emeritus Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament Exegesis - Andrews University

Dr Sigvartsen has an enquiring mind and is able to easily build professional rapport with people which makes him an excellent candidate for interdisciplinary collaboration. He is a thorough researcher and is able to produce very high quality written work as attested by his numerous publications.

Roy E. Gane

Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Languages - Andrews University

Jan is in touch with the thinking of young adults and has developed an interactive approach to teaching. Assessment surveys have shown his approach to be considerably more effective. He is straightforward and honest, with a sterling character, a person in whom is no guile. It has been delightful to work with him.

Stefan Höschele

Vice Dean School of Theology - Theologische Hochschule Friedensau

We very much appreciate his teaching ability, personal interest in students' growth, and readiness to support individuals whose academic interest went beyond the standard curriculum.

Janine Lim

Associate Dean, School of Distance Education - Andrews University

Jan possesses a strong knowledge of online class development and delivery, and has been proactive in pursuing additional external training and professional development to achieve these goals in areas such as converting existing classes to an online format, effective methods for feedback and interaction, creating audio and video clips for distance learning, and copyright.


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