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

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. 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 piece regarding the “Economics of Deuteronomy,” a commentary on Deuteronomy for Eerdman's Two Horizons series, and Isaiah: A Christian Entry into the Fifth Gospel with InterVarsity Press. I have recently released A DVD-based lay curriculum designed around The Epic of Eden (InterVarsity Press), and a similar curriculum on the Book of Isaiah is due out within the year. I also write and speak frequently on 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

Links to Video:  7 Minute Seminaries

August 14-16, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, Marriette GA. Bible Conference on “Ruth, the Moabitess”  and Sunday services on “Hope”

September 16-17, Seedbed Annual Event, Franklin TN, “Stronger than Fear”

September 24-26, Debating Deuteronomy: A Colloquium, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL

Octobert 27-28, Asbury Theological Seminary, Chapel series & Eta Beta Rho Commissioning

November 4, Wheaton College, Grad School Chapel, “Hope”

November 18, The Evangelical Theological Society, Atlanta GA, “The Economics of Deuteornomy”


The Bible From the Ground Up, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

“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.

The Epic of Eden Video Study Guide: Understanding the Old Testament, Seedbed Publishing, 2014.

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.

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