John Lee

Dr John Lee

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2005
  • Section(s): Religion, Classical Studies


John Lee is an Honorary Fellow attached to the Ancient History Department at Macquarie University. He retired from the University of Sydney in 2001 after teaching Greek for 28 years. His research focuses on Greek language, starting from early work on Homer and extending to all forms of Koine Greek, especially the language of the Septuagint, the New Testament and Greek documentary texts.His major publications are A Lexical Study of the Septuagint Version of the Pentateuch (1983) and A History of New Testament Lexicography (2003).John has been co-chair of the Biblical Lexicography Section, Society of Biblical Literature (2003-05), and is a member of Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (elected 2005). He was Chairman of the Committee on the Translation of Liturgical Texts of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese from 1990 to 2014. He was the Grinfield Lecturer on the Septuagint at Oxford in 2011-12. HIs most recent major publication is The Greek of the Pentateuch (OUP, 2018).

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