Dorothy Lee

The Revd Canon Professor Dorothy Lee, FAHA

BA(Hons), DipEd Newcastle, BD(Hons), PhD Sydney
The Stewart Research Professor 


Dorothy Lee is a New Testament scholar with a particular interest in the four canonical Gospels. She reads them from a literary and theological perspective, with attention to their context in the ancient world. Dorothy has many years experience of lecturing in this area, with a special focus on the Gospel of John as narrative and theology. As a consequence of her work on symbolism, Dorothy is interested in the intersection between New Testament exegesis, theology and the arts. She has also written and taught in the areas of feminist theology and spirituality. Dorothy is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Melbourne associated with St Mary’s North Melbourne, a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne and of Holy Trinity Cathedral Wangaratta, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

Current Research Areas

  • the narrative structure and symbolic theologies of the Gospels
  • the Greco-Roman background of the New Testament
  • the writings of the early Fathers and Mothers on the Gospels
  • the spirituality of the New Testament writings
  • the place of women’s leadership in the church

Areas for Supervision

  • the background, literary structures and theology of the Gospels
  • the role of women in the New Testament
  • the Greco-Roman world
  • spirituality and the Bible 


  • I have seen the Lord!’ Contemporary Women’s Ministry and the New Testament, forthcoming
  • ‘Clean and Unclean: Multiple Readings of Mark 7:24-30/31’, forthcoming
  • ‘Christological Identity and Authority in the Gospel of Mark’, forthcoming
  • ‘Fictive Kinship and Its Symbolism in the Literary Structures of 1 John’ in M.C. Parsons, E. S. Malbon, P.N. Anderson (eds), Anatomies of the Gospels and Beyond (Leiden: Brill, 2018), forthcoming
  • ‘Creation, Matter and the Image of God in the Gospel of John’ St Vladimir’s Theological Quarterly 2018, forthcoming
  • ‘Symbolism & Signs in the Fourth Gospel’ in M. de Boer & J. Lieu (eds.), Handbook of Johannine Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), forthcoming 
  • ‘Ecology as an Aspect of Johannine Ethics’ in C.W Skinner & S. Brown (eds.), Johannine Ethics (New York: Fortress, 2017), forthcoming
  • The Gospels Speak: Addressing Life's Fundamental Questions through Scripture (New Jersey: Paulist Press, 2017)
  • ‘How John Uses Imagery’ in D. Estes & R. Sheridan (eds.,), How John Works: Storytelling in the Fourth Gospel (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2017), 151-170
  • ‘The Significance of Moses in the Gospel of John’ Australian Biblical Review63 (2015), 1-17
  • ‘The Faith of the Canaanite Woman (Mt. 15.21-28): Narrative, Theology, Ministry’ Journal of Anglican Studies 13 (2015), 12-29
  • '“Signs and Works”: The Miracles in Mark and John’ Colloquium47 (2015), 89-101
  • A Friendly Guide to the Gospel of Matthew (Melbourne: John Garratt, 2013)

Community Engagement

  • Member of Doctrine Commission of the Anglican Church in Australia
  • Associate Priest, St Mary's North Melbourne
  • Member of Fellowship for Biblical Studies
  • Member of Society of Biblical Literature
  • Member of Society of New Testament Studies