Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

Professor of Old Testament
On Faculty since 2013

Office: BGC 546
Phone: (630)752-5669


Ph.D., Harvard University, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Hebrew Bible, 2001

M.A., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1990 summa cum laude

B.S., Valley Forge Christian College, B.S. in Bible, 1983 magna cum laude

About Sandra Richter

As a professor there is nothing I am more interested in than making the real people who lived in the real space and time of the OT come alive for my students. As a result, those who study the great narrative of God and his people with me can expect a substantial dose of the history, archaeology, geography, and languages of the ancient Near East.

I am a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University. My professional background includes nine years as a professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, four at Wesley Biblical Seminary, and several years at Gordon-Conwell and Gordon College. Due to my passion for "real space and time," at both Asbury and Wesley I designed an Israel Studies program, over the years bringing dozens of students to Israel to study historical geography and field archaeology. I am deeply committed to the health of the Church, and speak and teach often at events dedicated to the education and discipleship of the laity.

My publishing endeavors have alternated between pieces written for the Academy and pieces written for the laity. Deuteronomy, the Deuteronomistic History, and Biblical Theology are particular foci for me. I have recently released a piece involving economics and Deuteronomy as well as a DVD-based curriculum on The Epic of Eden: Isaiah, and am currently working on a commentary on Deuteronomy for Eerdmans’s Two Horizons series and Isaiah: A Christian Entry into the Fifth Gospel with Intervarsity Press. I write and speak frequently on these topics as well as the interface between environmentalism and biblical theology. Dr. Kristen Page of Wheaton’s Biology Department and I have created a cross-disciplinary course for undergraduates on “Environmentalism and the Christian,” and I am currently under contract with Hendrickson Publishers to write a book on the same.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to the Old Testament
  • English and Hebrew Exegesis in Pentateuch, Prophets, and Wisdom Literature
  • Hebrew Language (Grammar, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Akkadian
  • Archaeology

Speaking Engagements 2017

  • January 3, “Looking Over the Great Barrier,” pastoral training at Christ Community Church in St. Charles, IL
  • January 6, “The Book of Amos,” continuing pastoral education with the Senatobia District of the United Methodist Church in Senatobia, MS
  • January 8, “An Introduction to the Book of Isaiah,” Madison United Methodist Church, Madison, MS
  • January 15 & 18, February 12 & 19 “The ABC’s of Exegesis” a four-part series at First Baptist Church in Wheaton, IL
  • February 8, “’Made in the Image’ thru Isaiah’s Eyes” a lecture at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL
  • March 3-5, “Insiders and Outsiders: A Study in the Book of Ruth,” Lynn Haven United Methodist Church, Panama City, FL
  • March 15-18, “Silver in the Book of Deuteronomy,” lecture for the Swiss National Science Foundation conference in Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research, Basil, Switzerland
  • April 18-19, “Women in Leadership,” a Murdock Trust Event, Portland, Oregon
  • May 2-3, “Hope Stronger than Fear,” a sermon for the undergraduate and graduate community at Trinity Divinity School, Deerfield IL
  • June 8-10,  Plenary address for the Northwest Texas Conference of the Wesley Foundation
  • July 23-29,  “The Book of Psalms” Redwood Christian Park family camp, Boulder Creek CA
  • September 20-22, “Josiah’s Awakening,” the New Room Conference, Franklin TN



The Fifth Gospel: A Christian Entry into the Book of Isaiah, Intervarsity Press, under contract.

The Book of Deuteronomy. The Two Horizons Commentary Series. Wm. B. Eerdmans, under contract.

The Bible from the Ground Up. Co-authored with Ben Witherington. Oxford Univ. Press, under contract.

The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. Intervarsity Press, 2008.

The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology: lešakkēn šemô šām in the Bible and the Ancient Near East. BZAW 318. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2002.

Book chapters

“The Archaeology of Mt. Ebal and Mt. Gerizim and Why It Matters to Deuteronomy,” in Debating Deuteronomy. Edited by Daniel Block. IVP, forthcoming.

“Women, Sex and Culture,” in The Bible & Sex. Edited by Robert Steward. Fortress Press, forthcoming.

“What do I Know of Holy? On the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit in Scripture,” pp. 23-38 in Spirit of God: Christian Renewal in the Community of Faith. Edited by Jeffrey Barbeau and Beth Felker Jones. IVP Academic, 2015.

“Eighth Century Issues: The World of Jeroboam II and the Reign of Hezekiah,” pp. 319-349 in Foundations for a History of Israel. Edited by B. T. Arnold and R. Hess. Baker Academic, 2014.

“Placing the Name, Pushing the Paradigm: A Decade with the Deuteronomistic Name Formula,” in Deuteronomy in the Pentateuch, Hexateuch, and the Deuteronomistic History. FAT 56. Mohr Siebeck, 2012.

“The Bible and American Environmental Practice: An Ancient Code Addresses a Current Crisis,” in The Bible and the American Future. Edited by Robert Jewett with Wayne L. Alloway Jr. and John G. Lacey. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2009.

Psalms 95, 97, and 99 in Psalms for Preaching and Worship: A Lectionary Commentary. The Lectionary Commentary: Theological Exegesis for Sunday’s Texts. 3 volumes. Edited by Roger E. Van Hern and Brent A. Strawn. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009.

“Jonah: When God Sends a Missionary,” in World Mission in the Wesleyan Spirit. Providence House Publishers, 2009.

“The Message of the Master and the Content of our Calling: ‘A New Thing,’ Isaiah 43,” in Living Life on Purpose: The Joy of Discovering and Following God’s Call. Edited by Maxie D. Dunnam and Steve G. W. Moore. Providence House Publishers, 2005.

Peer Reviewed Journals

“The Question of Provenance and the Economics of Deuteronomy”" Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, forthcoming

“Environmental Law: Wisdom from the Ancients,” in Bulletin for Biblical Research 24.3 (2014): 307–329.

“Environmental Law in Deuteronomy: One Lens on a Biblical Theology of Creation Care,” in Bulletin for Biblical Research, 20.3 (2010): 331–354.

“The Place of the Name in Deuteronomy,” in Vetus Testamentum 57 (2007): 342–366.

“A Biblical Theology of Creation Care: Is Environmentalism a Christian Value?” in The Asbury Journal, 62/1 (2007): 67–76.

Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles

“The Name Theology,” in the Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Edited by Jennifer Knust, Eric Orlin, Michael Satlow and Lisbeth Fried. New York and London: Routledge, 2015.

“Religion and the Environment,” pp. 746–755 in Handbook of Religion: A Christian Engagement with Traditions, Teachings, and Practices. Edited by Terry C. Muck et al. Baker Academic, 2014.

“The Deuteronomistic History.” Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books. Edited by Bill T. Arnold and H. G. M. Williamson. Intervarsity Press, 2005.

“Covenant,” Eerdmans Companion to the Bible. Edited by Gordon Fee and Robert Hubbard Jr. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2011.


The Epic of Eden: Ruth for Seekers. A 6-week Study: Video & Study Guide. Forthcoming August 2017.

The Epic of Eden: Isaiah. An 8-week Study: Video & Study Guide. Seedbed Publishing, August 2016.

The Epic of Eden: Understanding the Old Testament. A 12-week Study: Video & Study Guide. Seedbed Publishing, 2014.

Popular Articles

“Uncovering ‘feet’ in the Book of Ruth,” in Bible Study Magazine Mar/April 2016.

“The Best Song,” in Bible Study Magazine Nov/Dec 2015.

“Context & Clarity: David and his Temple,” in Bible Study Magazine July/Aug 2015.

“A Biblical Theology of Creation Care: Is Environmentalism a Christian Value?” in The Asbury Journal, 62/1 (Spring 2007): 67–76.

Book Reviews

Review of Mercedes L. García Bachmann, Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History, International Voices in Biblical Studies. The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures, 2014.

Review of Raymond F. Person Jr., The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles. Biblical Interpretation 21 (2013): 421–23.

Review of Pekka Pitkänen, Central Sanctuary and Centralization of Worship in Ancient Israel: From the Settlement to the Building of Solomon’s Temple. Themelios 30/2 (2005): 59–60. Bible From the Ground Up, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.


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