Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

The Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies

Office Location

Porter Center Room 7

Office Available

Dr. Richter is on Sabbatical leave for the Spring 2021 semester.




Hebrew Language, Deuteronomy, the Deuteronomistic History, Isaiah Archeology and the Bible, and American environmental practice.

Research Interests
  • Deuteronomy
  • Isaiah
  • Archaeology and the Bible
  • Environmental Theology
  • The economies of the ancient Levant
  • Military methods in the Ancient Near East
  • Family systems in the tribal communities of the ancient world.

Internationally known for her work on Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic History, Dr. Richter brings the Old Testament to life by exploring the real people and real places from which it comes.


Richter is a graduate of Valley Forge University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and earned her doctorate from the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of Harvard University in Hebrew Bible.  A veteran of many years of leading student groups in archaeological excavation and historical geography classes in Israel, she has taught at Asbury Theological Seminary., Wesley Biblical Seminary and Wheaton College.  She is recognized among the laity for her The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament and is currently working on a second in that series The Fifth Gospel:  A Christian Entry into the Book of Isaiah (IVP Academic).  Her current research involves a forthcoming book on environmental theology (IVP) and a commentary on Deuteronomy with Eerdmans.  She is also the author of several adult Bible Curriculums with Seedbed.  Richter is a sought-after speaker in both academic and lay settings.


Speaking Engagements

January 28th, Podcast with Caleb Moore of Dogbackward, "Violence & Women in the Old Testament"
February 26th, Chapel at Truett Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, TX 
February 23rd, Podcast with Preston Sprinkle, Center for Faith, Sexuality, and Gender
March 26-28, Conference on the Book of Psalms and Sunday Sermons, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Woodlands, TX
April 5, Podcast with Biologos, Environmentalism and the Evangelical
June 10-11, The Ancient Evangelical Future Conference at the Robert E. Webber Center for an Ancient Evangelical Future, "Engaging the Doctrine of Creation" Trinity School for Ministrym Ambridge, PA