Sandra Richter, Ph.D.

The Robert H. Gundry Chair of Biblical Studies

Office Location

Porter Center Room 7

Office Available

Spring 2022 Office Hours

Tuesdays 4:30-5:30 pm; Wed 12:00-2:00 pm.

Please schedule appointment on Google Calendar 





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.

Read a review of Richter's most recent book, Stewards of Eden

Speaking Engagements

September 21-23  New Room, Nashville TN


September 25  Horizon Community Church, Cincinnati OH


October 2  Collective Church, Los Angeles CA (likely to change)


November 21  Denver Seminary, Denver CO

"The Gospel Initiative" https://denverseminary.edu/

November 28 American Schools of Oriental Research

Biblical Texts in Cultural Contexts I

"Economics, Provenance, and the book of Deuteronomy"

November 19 Institute of Biblical Research

Pentateuch Section

"Deuteronomy as the Ipsissima Vox of Moses"

February 3-5  ECO Church Women's Conference, Montreat NC


March 17-19  Douglasville UMC, Atlanta GA


March 24-26  Faith UMC, Richmond TX


April 13-15 The Missions Society, Billy Graham Training Center, NC


May 5-7  St. Lukes UMC, Houston TX


July 23-28  Redwood Christian Park Family Camp, Boulder Creek, CA