Dorothy Lee

Professor Dorothy Lee

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2015
  • Section(s): Religion, Classical Studies


One of the most distinguished New Testament scholars currently working in Australia, Lee enjoys an international reputation as a specialist on the Fourth Gospel, the Gospel of John. She is renowned for developing new insights from her interdisciplinary approach to her research, bringing perspectives from contemporary literary criticism, the study of the visual arts and gender studies to her analysis of canonical texts.

Dorothy Lee was born in Scotland and spent her childhood between the United Kingdom and Australia.

Her first degree was in Classics before undertaking further studies in Divinity, with a major in New Testament language and literature. She completed her doctorate in Religious Studies at the University of Sydney, focusing in particular on the narratology and theology of the Gospel of John.

For more than 20 years she was a lecturer with the Uniting Church, teaching New Testament and classes in feminist studies, and also engaged in lecturing at the University of Sydney. In 2007 she began working at Trinity College Theological School and was the Head of School there from 2011-2017.

She is widely published in the narrative and theology of the Gospels, and also in women’s studies in religion. Her main interest is to study the Gospels within the Australian context in dialogue with other religious groups. She reads the New Testament and other related literature in Koine Greek.

Acknowledgement of Country

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