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Kyong-Jin Lee

Associate Professor of Old Testament Studies

BA, Duke University
MTS, Harvard Divinity School
PhD, Yale University
MSc, London School of Economics
MLitt, University of St. Andrews

Courses Taught

OT500: Old Testament Introduction

OT501: Pentateuch

OT502: Hebrew Prophets

OT507: Hebrew Exegesis: Esther

OT506: Hebrew Exegesis: Minor Prophets

OT517: Deuteronomy (English text)

OT527: Deuteronomy (Spanish text)

OT567: Esther

OT745: Biblical Theology of the Old Testament for Pastors (taught in Korean)

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Ancient historiography, inner-biblical exegesis, biblical theology, biblical literature in the Persian and Hellenistic periods, history of interpretation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in early Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism, Asian and African hermeneutics, women in ministry

“Since we live in an age when economy and politics transcend national borders, it stands for us to ask what the scope of our ethical responsibility is now more than ever before. . . . We must yield to the plurality of perceptions and experiences. A genuinely globally minded church must incorporate a diversity of principles and views.”


Dr. Lee joins a variety of voices from the Fuller community to reflect on changing missiology.


Kyong-Jin Lee joined Fuller’s School of Theology faculty in 2011. Prior to coming to Fuller, she served as assistant professor of Old Testament studies at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. Dr. Lee’s research explores the social, political, and theological contexts in which the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament developed and attained its authoritative status during the Persian and Hellenistic periods.

Lee grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, as a missionary daughter. Her current research focuses on religious and political engagement in a pluralistic setting as exemplified by Judah in the Persian and Hellenistic periods. Her book, The Authority and Authorization of Torah in the Persian Period (2011), was published by Peeters.

She is a member of the Catholic Biblical Association, the European Association of Biblical Studies, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew, and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Lee is interested in supervising doctoral students in all areas of Old Testament. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact her directly to discuss the program and their areas of particular interest. General information about the program may be found here.

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