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Max Lee

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Max Lee is The Paul W. Brandel Chair of Biblical Studies. He 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, Lee enjoys helping students develop the skill sets they need to be better preachers and teachers of God’s word.

Lee hopes that every student in 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.

Ordained as a Baptist minister, 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. 

Recent Publications

Max Lee and B. J. Oropeza, eds. Practicing Intertextuality: Ancient Jewish and Greco-Roman Exegetical Techniques in the New Testament. Eugene: Cascade, 2021.

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 II, 515. Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2020.

Max Lee. “Study Notes on Revelation.” Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Baker Illustrated Study Bible, ed. by Gary Burge, J. Scott Duvall, et al. Grand Rapids: Baker Publishing Group, 2018.

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. Reading Colossians: Engaging the Powers with the Politics of the Cross. Cascade Companions. Eugene: Wipf and Stock. Under Contract