Dr Ralph Lee

Associate Faculty for Orthodox Mission

Research interests: Orthodox theology; non-Chalcedonian Orthodox theology; Oriental Orthodox biblical interpretation; the transmission and textual history of the Bible in Ethiopia; 1Enoch; Ethiopian and Syriac Christian thought; Second Temple Judaism; revival movements in Orthodox Churches; Evangelical-Orthodox relations; Orthodox-Islamic relations

Other professional interests: Chair of Trustees of the Jubilee Centre, Cambridge (a charity aimed at developing biblical thinking for public life); member of the board of trustees of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative; doctoral supervisor in the Cambridge Theological Federation (at the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies, and Wesley House). Representative of the Navigators UK, focussing on disciple-making in Orthodox contexts, and on ministry to young academics.

Academic qualifications and awards

  • PhD (SOAS University of London, 2011) Symbolic Interpretations in Ethiopic and Early Syriac Literature
  • MA (SOAS, 2007) African and Asian Christianity; PhD (1997, University of Strathclyde) Ethiopia: The Environmental Implications of Industrial Technology
  • MEng (Cantab, 1988) Chemical Engineering
  • MA (Cantab, 1987) Natural Sciences + Chemical Engineering
  • MBE (2014) for services to the British and Commonwealth community in Ethiopia