Sandra L. Richter, Ph.D

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Deborah: Unlikely Heroes in the Book of Judges

The Book of Judges narrates one of the most chaotic and morally dark eras of Israel's story. Many speak of it as Israel's "Wild West," where the heroes and the villains stand only inches apart. Into this morally-ambiguous time comes one of the most unlikely leaders of the biblical text—the prophet Deborah. She is a wife and mother in an entirely patriarchal world, yet due to her integrity and courage, she transforms chaos into order and leads Israel in one of the most pivotal victories of the settlement period.

Illustrating the era of the Judges by means of the archaeological record, historical geography, and the hard facts of warfare in the ancient world, this study draws students immediately into the grand tale of Deborah and Barak, Jabin and Sisera, and of course the most unlikely of leaders, Jael. This study compels the modern reader to ask and answer three critical questions:

  1. What territory can you see from where you're standing that you know belongs to the Kingdom, but is not yet won?
  2. Is it worth fighting for?
  3. Are you willing to step out on faith and trust God for the victory?

A bonus lecture will address the biblical theology of women in ministry and Deborah's role in that often-argued debate.

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Experience fresh connections to contemporary worship and devotional practices

The book of Psalms is well-known and well-worn. It is the Old Testament book most often quoted in the New Testament, and its quotations can be found everywhere from John Milton to Star Trek to Congressional speeches. Why so much attention? The Church Father Athanasius said it best—most of Scripture speaks to us, but the Book of Psalms speaks for us.

Psalms (part of the Epic of Eden series) will open up the poetry and prayers of Scripture in a whole new and deeply sensitive way. Learning from Professor Richter's crystal-clear teaching, you'll discover:

  • How you can trust God with all your emotions: grief, anger, praise, fear, and hope.
  • How and why the people of Israel used the Psalms in worship.
  • Why the book of Psalms is critical in our devotional lives today.
  • How the Psalms can deepen your prayer life.
Psalms (Epic of Eden): Experience the Book That Speaks for Us


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