Robin Jensen

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Robin Jensen is a professor of patristics at Notre Dame.

Most of Robin Jensen's research and writing is focused on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture, partially by consideration of ritual practices and dogmatic considerations as revealed through liturgical documents, homilies, and other textual evidence. Her courses, however, range more broadly and include seminars on Jewish and Christian pictorial hermeneutics; visual representations of God, the Trinity, Christ, and the Virgin Mary; a multi-disciplinary introduction to the history of Christian liturgy; as well as lecture-based courses on the art of the Christian empire, and the portrait in Late Antiquity.

Jensen’s books include Understanding Early Christian Art (Routledge, 2000); Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress, 2005) and The Substance of Things Seen: Art, Faith and the Christian Community (Eerdmans, 2004). With Kimberly Vrudny, she has recently edited a collection of essays: Visual Theology (Liturgical Press, 2009). She serves on the editorial boards of Faith and Form, The Journal of Early Christian Studies, and Cross Currents. She is president of the North American Patristics Society, and is a past president of SARTS, and former vice-president of the International Catacomb Society.