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)


  • “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. Diss. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame, 2017.
  • 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) in Review of Biblical Literature (forthcoming)
  • “Early Christianity and Forgiveness,” in John Ahn, ed., Currents in Korean American and Korean Biblical Interpretation (Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature Press, forthcoming)

“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