SOAS University of London

Centre of World Christianity

Dr Ralph Lee

PhD in the Study of Religions, SOAS
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Dr Ralph Lee
Centre of World Christianity

Research Associate

Dr Ralph Lee
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Ralph Lee has a PhD in the Study of Religions from SOAS. He has worked in Ethiopia for a total of 16 years teaching both chemical engineering and theology in Ethiopia.  Most recently he was teaching at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church’s Holy Trinity Theological College, from 2008-2014.



Specialising in Orthodox Christianity, and in particular Ethiopian Orthodoxy, his research focusses on the contemporary and historical literature, theology, traditions and religious practices of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahido Church. He has a particular interest in the relationship between Ethiopian Christian thought and the broader Christian world, and also in indigenous Ethiopian thought as expressed in biblical commentary, hymns, and other works. He is also involved in contemporary ecumenical discussions with the Orthodox Churches.  He is currently involved in two major projects:
the THEOT (textual history of the Ethiopic Old Testament) Project, for which he is a steering committee member, and principal investigator for the book of Deuteronomy, and for which he provides guidance on translation and theological issues.

He will also be examining the influence of the Book of Enoch on Ethiopian classical literature as part of a major project on Enoch based at the Ludwig-Maximillians Universität in Munich, expected to start in the autumn of 2015.