Department of Religious Studies
PhD, Duke University. Dr Robbins is Associate Professor of Christian Origins, a sub-discipline of Religious Studies devoted to the study of the history, language, and literature of early Christianity. He also served as chair of the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Robbins received his M.Div. degree from Yale University and his Ph.D. in early Church history from Duke University. He has taught at the University of Denver since 1988. His published work includes Exploring the New Testament (Prentice Hall, 1986), Intrigue in the Garden: Genesis 1-3 in the History of Exegesis (Mellen, 1988), several entries in the Anchor Bible Dictionary, The New Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, and articles in Studia Patristica.
Dr. Robbins received the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching at the end of his second year at DU. He teaches courses in New Testament, the history of Christianity, early Christian classics (such as Origen's On First Principles, Eusebius' Church History, Augustine's Confessions, and the Rule of St. Benedict) and the Christian canon of scripture. Film studies is a passion of Dr. Robbins, and he publishes and frequently teaches traditional religion and the modern world as reflected in film. A recent course is entitled "Jesus on the Silver Screen." In 2000, he was appointed to a three-year term as University Professor of Arts and Humanities. Current research is related to the history of the interpretation of Genesis and religion and science and dialogue.