Dr Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen
Dr Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen
Lecturer in Late Antiquity
- American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature
- Byzantine Studies Association of North America
- North American Patristic Society
- Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies
I teach courses in the history of early and medieval Christianity, religion in late antiquity and special topics courses in religion and medicine, Eastern Orthodox Christianity and asceticism. My philosophy of education includes a strong conviction that the fundamental identity of any professional school or liberal arts university is in the integrative potential that it holds for each student.
My courses are prudently designed with student potential in mind, simultaneously sensible and scenic. Each course that I write and teach has goals unique to content and skill level, but there are educational fundamentals, irrespective, informed by my desire to educate for social welfare: students learn to (a) develop basic historical literacy by building a content knowledge base that provides insight into historical narratives, and they learn to apply appropriate disciplinary methods and tools to (b) engage with the significance of the past.
My scholarship emerges from training in Byzantine Studies and Patristics, and from dual vocational calls as a scholar and professor of early and medieval Christian and religious history. I work exclusively with monastic and episcopal primary sources.
My work on monastic texts seeks to explore how economics, views of power, ascetic behavior, methods of healthcare, views of dying, death and dead bodies in the sources assist historians in rethinking social history and theology of sixth-seventh century Palestinian and Egyptian monastic and laity.
These are important, timely themes in Patristics and Byzantine Studies, and reflect my pleasure in, and appreciation for, Late Antique authors’ mystic and pragmatic approaches to religious realities and simple challenges of common life contemporary to their era, challenges that remain, I would posit, not terribly far removed from our own daily concerns.
‘Waiting to see and know’: Disgust, Fear and Shame in The Miracles of St. Artemios,” Christianity and Medicine, Health and Disability: the state of the question and frameworks for future research; Studia Patristica Historica, Biblica, Theologica et Philosophica, Markus Vinzent, ed. Peeters, Leuven, Belgium. 2018.
“From Olaf to Omar: Pedagogy of Place at a Lutheran University,” Dialog: A Journal of Theology. Vol. 54, Issue 1, 80-92. 2015.
John Moschos’ Spiritual Meadow: Authority and Autonomy at the End of the Antique World. Ashgate Publishing, Surrey, UK. ISBN: 978-1409435167. 2014. “They Who Give From Evil”; the Response of the Eastern Church to Moneylending in the Early Christian Era. Wipf and Stock. ISBN: 978-0227173985. 2012.