Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

Biblical and Theological Studies Department

Professor of Old Testament
On Faculty since 2013

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

Education

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

MA, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1990 summa cum laude

BS, Valley Forge Christian College, BS 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. Prior to my years as an academic, I served in professional ministry. 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 am currently working on a commentary on Deuteronomy for Eerdman's Two Horizons series, and an undergraduate introduction to the Bible with Ben Witherington for Oxford University Press. A DVD-based lay curriculum designed around The Epic of Eden (InterVarsity Press) is due out within the year. I've also written and spoken frequently on the interface between environmentalism and biblical theology. I am in the process of designing a cross-disciplinary course for undergraduates on the topic with my colleagues in the Biology department.

I am married to Steven Tsoukalas, also an academic with an expertise in Comparative Theology. I have two perfect daughters, Noël and Elise.

Courses Taught

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

Articles/Chapters Published

“Eighth Century Issues: The World of Jeroboam II and the Reign of Hezekiah" in Foundations for a History of Israel, eds. Bill T. Arnold & Richard Hess. Baker Academic, forthcoming.

"Environmental Law: Wisdom from the Ancients" Bulletin for Biblical Research, forthcoming.

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

“Religion and the Environment,” Baker Encycopedia of Religion, forthcoming.

Review of Raymond F. Person, Jr. The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles. Biblical Interpretation, 2011.

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

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

“The Bible and American Environmental Practice: An Ancient Code Addresses a Current Crisis,” The Bible and the American Future. Eds. Robert Jewett with Wayne L. Alloway Jr. & John G. Lacey. Wipf and 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. Eds. Roger E. Van Hern & Brent A. Strawn. Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2009.

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

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

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

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

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

“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.

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.

The Deuteronomistic History and the Name Theology: lešakkēn šemô šāmin the Bible and the Ancient Near East. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 318. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2002.