Associate Professor of New Testament
Classes taught: Interpreting the New Testament II; New Testament Greek Exegesis; Paul and His Theology; The Book of Revelation; The Gospel of Mark; Ethnic American Biblical Interpretation; Beginning Greek I and II
At North Park since: 2006
Dr. Max Lee came to North Park Theological Seminary with a passion to prepare students for a lifetime of pastoral ministry through theological education. As a New Testament professor, Dr. Lee enjoys helping students develop the skill sets they need to be better preachers and teachers of God's word.
Dr. Lee hopes that every person entering his class will walk away with a greater knowledge about the culture and social values of the first century world, a greater love for reading the New Testament in its ancient context, and a greater faith to live out this same gospel message more radically today. “Encouraging students to think critically and theologically about our world, and to apply the Bible in the real-life challenges of the Christian church is my call and mission in life,” he says.
At North Park, Dr. Lee says, faculty members love what they teach, and care personally for each individual who walks into their classrooms. “I count it a privilege to work with colleagues who share the same commitment to raising the next generation of Christian leaders that I do,” he says. To him, talking over coffee at the near-by Starbucks, exercising together at Helwig Recreational Center, and inviting students to his home for dinner are treasured places of learning as much as the classroom.
Ordained as a Baptist minister, Dr. Lee has served as a pastor, preacher, college staff member, youth leader, and short-term missionary to Japan. His primary research area is the Apostle Paul in his Greco-Roman philosophical, cultural, and literary environment. He actively preaches and teaches for several local churches in the Chicago area.
- PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary
- MDiv, Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
- BA, English Literature, The University of California, Berkeley
- Max Lee. Moral Transformation in Greco-Roman Philosophy of Mind: Mapping the Moral Milieu of the Apostle Paul and His Diaspora Jewish Contemporaries. Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck. Forthcoming 2015.
- Max Lee, edited with Soon Bong Choi and Jin Ki Hwang. Fire in My Soul: Essays on Pauline Soteriology and the Gospels in Honor of Seyoon Kim. Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2014.
- Max Lee. “Revelation.” The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary, ed. Gary Burge and Andrew Hill. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2012.
- Max Lee. Paul Redux: From Text to Theory in Pauline Scholarship. UK: Paternoster Press / Australia: Koorang Publishers, under contract.