Dorothy Lee

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Dorothy Lee

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The Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee
BA(Hons), DipEd Newcastle, BD(Hons), PhD Syd
Frank Woods Professor in New Testament, and Dean
Theological School

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Dorothy Lee is Dean of the Theological School and the Frank Woods Professor in New Testament. She was born in Scotland and spent her childhood between the UK and Australia. Her first degree was in Classics, before studies in Divinity.

For more than 20 years she was an ordained Minister of the Uniting Church, lecturing in New Testament, and became an Anglican in 2007, being received into Holy Orders the following year. Dorothy was appointed to the role of Dean in early 2011.

Her main research interest is the narrative and theology of the Gospels, and particularly the Fourth Gospel.

In November 2015, Dorothy was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the highest honour available for achievement in the humanities in Australia.


  • Gospel of John 
  • Gospel of Mark 
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Gospel of Luke
  • Preaching the Scriptures 


Dean of the Theological School

President of Fellowship of Biblical Studies

Church and Community

Member of Doctrine Commission, Anglican Church in Australia

Research Interests

John’s Gospel, Spirituality of the New Testament
, the Transfiguration, Anglican worship, preaching and theology

Publications (selected)

  •  ‘The New Testament and the New Atheism: Alternative Narrations’ Theology 116 (2013), 169-176.
  • ‘Martha and Mary: Levels of Characterization in Luke and John’, in C.W. Skinner (ed.), Characters
and Characterization in the Gospel of John (Library of NT Series 461; London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 197-220.
  • A Friendly Guide to the Gospel of Matthew (Friendly Guides; Melbourne: John Garratt Publishing, 2013).
  • ‘Witness in the Fourth Gospel: John the Baptist and the Beloved Disciple as Counterparts’ ABR 61 (2013), 1-17.
  • ‘Images of Atonement in the Gospels’ in M.R. Stead (ed.), Christ Died for our Sins: Essays on the Atonement (Canberra: Barton Books, 2013), 80-92.
  • ‘Images of Atonement in the Johannine Epistles and Revelation’ in M.R. Stead (ed), Christ Died for our Sins: Essays on the Atonement (Canberra: Barton Books, 2013), 93-104.
  • ‘The Journey Taken: An Anglo-Uniting Perspective on Women’s Ordination in Australia’ in E. Lindsay & J. Scarfe (eds.), Preachers, Prophets and Heretics: Anglican Women’s Ministry (Sydney: UNSW Press, 2012), 253-268.
  • Hallowed in Truth and Love: Spirituality in the Johannine Literature (Melbourne: Mosaic Press 2011).
  • 'The Gospel of John' in BR Gaventa & D Petersen (eds) The New Interpreter's One – Volume Bible Commentary (Nashville: Abingdon, 2010). pp 709–734.
  • 'The Gospel of John and the Five Senses' Journal of Biblical Literature 129 (2010), pp 115–127.
  • 'Ecology and the Johannine Literature' St Mark's Review: Nurturing Nature. Essays on Ecological Theology from the Doctrine Commission 212 (2010), pp 39–50.
  • 'The Gospel of John: Symbol and Prologue' Conversations 2 (2008). 
  • 'The Prologue and Jesus’ Final Prayer' in Tom Thatcher (ed.), What We Have Heard From the Beginning: The Past, Present, and Future of Johannine Studies (Baylor University Press, 2007), pp 229–231.
  • 'Friendship, Love & Abiding in the Gospel of John' in RM Chennattu & M Coloe (eds), Transcending Boundaries. Contemporary Readings of the New Testament (Roma: LAS, 2005), pp 57–74.
  • “‘The darkness did not overcome it’: Theodicy and Eschatology in the Gospel of John” in B Barber & D Neville (eds), Theodicy and Eschatology (Adelaide: ATF, 2005), pp 43–66.
  • Transfiguration (London & New York: Continuum, 2004).
  • 'Carnal Theology? Symbol and Incarnation in The Gospel of John' An Australian Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 34 (2004), pp 19–25.
  • 'On the Holy Mountain: The Transfiguration in Scripture and Theology' Colloquium 36 (2004), pp 143–159.
  • “‘In the Spirit of truth’: Worship and Prayer in the Gospel of John and the Early Fathers” Vigiliae Christianae 58 (2004), pp 277–297.
  • 'Hope in a Time of Change: A ‘Johannine’ Perspective (1 John 2:29-3:10)' in C' Mostert (ed.), Hope: Challenging the Culture of Despair (Adelaide: ATF Publications, 2004).
  • 'Feminist Theology' in Leslie Holden (ed.), Jesus in History, Thought, and Culture. An Encyclopedia (2 vols; Santa Barbara: ABC Clio, 2003), vol 1, pp 281–88.
  • 'Transfiguration and the Gospel of John' in D Kendall & G O'Collins (eds.), In Many and Diverse Ways. In Honor of Jacques Dupuis (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2003), pp. 158–69.
  • 'The Heavenly Woman and the Dragon: Re-readings of Revelation 12' in FD Glass & L McCredden (eds.), Feminist Poetics of the Sacred. Creative Suspicions (Oxford University Press, 2001), pp 198–220.
  • Flesh and Glory. Symbol, Gender and Theology in the Gospel of John (New York: Crossroad, 2002) 
  • 'The Symbol of Divine Fatherhood' Semeia 85 (1999), pp 177–187. 
  • 'Goddess Religion and Women’s Spirituality: A Christian Feminist Response' Theology 102 (1999), pp 19–28. 
  • 'Touching the Sacred Text: The Bible as Icon in Feminist Reading' Pacifica 11 (1998), pp 249–264.
  • 'Turning from Death to Life: A Biblical Reflection on Mary Magdalene (John 20:1–18)' Ecumenical Review 50 (1998), pp 112-120.
  • "'Women as ‘Sinners.' Three Narratives of Salvation in Luke and John” AusBR 44 (1996) pp 1–15.
  • The Symbolic Narratives of the Fourth Gospel. The Interplay of Form and Meaning (Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994).
  • 'The Story of the Woman at the Well: A Symbolic Reading (John 4:1-42)' AusBR 41 (1993), pp 35-48.