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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 (also in Spanish)
OT501: Pentateuch
OT517: Deuteronomy (also in Spanish)
OT517: Reading the Megilloth: The Five Festival Scrolls (also in Spanish)
OT517: Hebrew Exegesis: Esther
OT517: Hebrew Exegesis: Ezra
OT745: Biblical Theology of the Old Testament for Pastors (in Korean)
OT850/550: Human Rights and the Old Testament
BI502: Women, Bible, and the Church

Campus Affiliations

Areas of Expertise

Inner-biblical exegesis, biblical literature in the Persian and Hellenistic periods, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible ethics, political theology and international relations, socioeconomic criticism and hermeneutics, eco-hermeneutics


Recent Lectures

“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. Dr. Lee’s research is at the intersection of Old Testament studies and international political theory. She investigates the role of fear, insecurity, and crisis in the development of the moral and political landscape, and how it extends to the contemporary context of globalization.

Lee grew up in La Paz, Bolivia, as a missionary daughter. Her research focuses on political theology of climate change, crisis management, logic of the apocalypse, biopolitics of security, socioeconomics, and hermeneutics. She is currently pursuing a PhD in international relations at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

She is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for Old Testament Study, Society of Christian Ethics, Societas Ethica, Catholic Biblical Association, Association for Political Theory, International Political Science Association, and International Studies Association. She is a US Army Reserve Captain serving as a chaplain.

Lee is interested in supervising doctoral students in political, social, and ecological readings of the 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.

Read Lee’s CV and a list of publications.

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