Dr. Brian Lee

Dr. Brian Lee
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
M.A., Weston Jesuit School of Theology
M.A., Boston College

Special Interests:

  • New Testament: Pauline Epistles, New Testament Ethics, Early Christian Soteriology, Early Christian Forgiveness
  • Judaism: Wisdom literature, Hellenistic Judaism
  • Greco-Roman Philosophy: Roman Stoicism; Middle-Platonism
  • Methodology: Comparative methodology; Biblical Hermeneutics

Academic Awards:

  • Catholic Biblical Association/USCCB CCD Grant for the Promotion of Biblical Scholarship and Biblical Literacy, $32,748 sabbatical research funding for Forgiveness, Faith, and Justice in Early Christianity (2019)
  • Templeton Foundation Grant (Co-Recipient), Re-engaging Science and Theology in Seminary Formation, John Templeton Foundation, $10,000 (2017)


  • The Paradox of Participation: Paul’s Use of Philosophy in 1 Corinthians 6:12–20 (monograph in progress; substantially revised dissertation). 
  • Forgiveness, Faith, and Justice in Early Christianity (monograph in progress).
  • “At the Origins of the Biblical Commandment of Interpersonal Forgiveness: Sirach 28:2 in Context.” In Currents in Korean American and Korean Biblical Interpretation. Edited by John Ahn. Atlanta: SBL Press, 2022. (forthcoming)
  • Review of Biblical Literature 01/2022 Review of Max Botner, Justin Harrison Duff, Simon Dürr, eds., Atonement: Jewish and Christian Origins (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2020).
  • Review of Biblical Literature 10/2020 Review of Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds., Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019).
  • Discovering Pope Francis: The Roots Of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thought (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019). (co-edited with Fr. Thomas Knoebel).
  • “The Story of a Symposium: Why We Need a Theological Understanding of Pope Francis’s Thought.” Pages 1-20 in Discovering Pope Francis: The Roots Of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thought, edited by Brian Y. Lee and Thomas Knoebel. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2019. (Coauthored with Thomas Knoebel).
  • “Members Of Christ”: Reevaluating The Significance Of Stoic Language And The Unity Of Paul’s Argument In 1 Corinthians. Unpublished Diss. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2017.

“Discovering Pope Francis: The Roots Of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thought” available for purchase HERE.


  • Society of Biblical Literature
  • Catholic Biblical Association
  • Community of Sant’Egidio