Department ofReligion

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious History and Historical Theology

253-535-7237 (office)



B.A. in English Literature, Concordia University, Portland, 1990

B.A. in Education, Concordia University, Portland, 1990

MTS, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, 1994

Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto, 2004


Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen teaches courses in the history of early and medieval Christianity, and specific topics in historical theology and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. She also teaches in the First Year Experience and International Honors programs. Her research is focused primarily on the social ethics found in the writing of fourth-century Cappadocian authors and in monastic and spiritual texts of Orthodox Christianity during the age of the Byzantine Empire. She is the author of “They Who Give From Evil”: the Response of the Eastern Church to Money-lending in the Early Christian Era (Wipf and Stock, 2012) and the forthcoming John Moschos' Spiritual Meadow: Authority and Autonomy at the End of the Antique World (Ashgate, 2014).