Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

The Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies

Office Location

Porter Center Room 7

Office Available

Tuesday  3:15-4:45

Wednesday 1:30-3:30

Thursday 3:15-4:45


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

October 3, 2019   Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest NC
   Doctoral Colloquium “The Name Theology in the Book of Deuteronomy”
   Evangelical Voices in the Academy “Reading Deuteronomy through an Economic Lens—a Question of Provenance”

November 21, 2019 The Evangelical Theological Society Annual Meeting, San Diego CA
   “Deuteronomic Law and the Character of God: Does the God of the Old Testament Really Hate Women?”

November 24, 2019 The Society of Pentecostal Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego CA
   “A Round Table Discussion of Sandra Richter’s Book: Stewards of Eden”

February 11, 2020 The London School of Theology, London England
   Doctoral Research Seminar: “Where is the Place of the Name in Deuteronomy?”
   Laing Lecture: “Reading Deuteronomy through an Economic Lens—a Question of Provenance”

March 27-28, 2020 The Woodlands United Methodist Church, The Woodlands, TX
   “The Book of Psalms”

April 17-18, 2020 First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX
   “The Book of Psalms”

June 29-July 3, 2020 Regent College, Vancouver Canada
   A one-week intensive seminary course: “The Book of Deuteronomy”

July 12-17 Redwood Christian Park, Boulder Creek CA
   “The Book of Amos”