Interview: Women Biblical Scholars


Dr. Lydia Lee is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Research Focus Area: Ancient Texts: Text, Context and Reception, North-West University in South Africa. She earned her B.A. (Hons) in Biblical Studies and Classical Hebrew at the University of Sydney and Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Georg-August-Universität Gottingen. She can also be found at […]


Anecdote: Gog on the Plane


N/B: This photo was not taken from this trip. It was from my 2008 trip to Turkey.

During my previous flight to Europe, a friendly neighbour on the plane struck up a conversation with me. We exchanged some polite chitchat, then she asked me: “So what are you doing in South Africa?” (more…)

Article: The Enemies Within: Gog of Magog in Ezekiel 38-39


My article entitled “The Enemies Within: Gog of Magog in Ezekiel 38-39” is now published in the open-access journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (South Africa-based)! (more…)

Lecture: How Many Books of Esther Do We Have?


My friend Szi-chieh Yu helpfully introduced me to this wonderful website called the Bible Project. It contains many beautiful animated videos that render biblical stories accessible to everyone, everywhere. (more…)

Announcement: Paper Accepted in HTS Theologiese Studies/Theological Studies


Do you remember my paper on Ezekiel’s Gog of Magog delivered at the SBL international meeting in Seoul last July? I am happy to announce that it has passed the double-blind peer review of HTS Theologiese Studies/Theological Studies (ISI listed, South Africa based)!

One of the anonymous reviewers mistakenly considers me a male, (more…)

Announcement: 2016 End of Year Report

End of year report. Look forward to my next year in South Africa 😀

1. Received first prize for my presentation entitled “How do Biblical Scholars Conduct Their Research” at the Fourth Annual North-West University Postdoctoral Conference. The candlelit dinner organized by the international office brought the conference to a beautiful end.


Photo Credit: NWU International Office

2. Received a full mark for my second semester of the Latin course. (more…)

Presentation and Article: “The Many Evils of Haman” and “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film ‘Noah'”

“The Many Evils of Haman” is not the best paper I have presented so far. However, the teachers and colleagues from the NWU have been very supportive of me. It was fun testing my ideas and meeting other experts of the LXX at the IOSCS (International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies) conference in Stellenbosch at the beginning of September 2016. The conference was held in conjunction with the congress of IOSOT (International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament).

I also enjoyed listening to Dr. Christoph Nihan’s paper “Les Vêtements d’Aaron et la Figure du Grand Prêtre dans les Traditions Sacerdotales du Pentateuque” (simultaneous translation into English was provided). His analysis of the relationship between Exodus 28 and Ezekiel 28 both interests and intrigues me. I look forward to reading his paper in print!

Look, this is the prettiest conference tote bag I have ever received! Within it one finds the Amarula cream liqueur (the bottle on the top right hand corner), which is produced from the marula fruits favoured by the South African elephants. My conference name badge is made from the colourful African beads 🙂


“This item was made in the Learn to Earn Business Resource Centre by recent graduates of our sewing programme. These graduates come from communities where the unemployment rate ranges between 30%-70%. The areas are characterised by high poverty and many people live in informal houseing. By purchasing from the BRC and using them to sew conference bags, folders etc you are playing a role in breaking the cycle of poverty in South Africa. / www. / LearntoEarnSouthAfrica / / 0213615972”

Guess what else I have found inside the conference tote bag? The most recent issue of the Old Testament Essays (South Africa-based)! My journal article “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film ‘Noah'” is printed in this issue. Special thanks are due to the (soon-to-be Prof.) Dr. Nikolas Roubekas, who meticulously proofread the main body of my article. Dr. Abraham Ofir Shemesh’s paper “‘I Have Seen the Custom of the King of Egypt in Our Time as Well.’ A Study in Comparative Midrash and Commentary” is also an enjoyable read. This issue of the open-access journal is now available online:

Hope you enjoy reading the articles! 🙂




Announcement: Forthcoming Flood Paper and Cherubic Piece

My journal article entitled “The Flood Narratives in Gen 6-9 and Darren Aronofsky’s Film Noah” has passed the double-blind peer review! It will be published in Old Testament Essays (South Africa-based).

Here is an excerpt of the first anonymous reviewer’s comment: (more…)

Speech: A Comparative Approach to My First Impressions of South Africa

Disclaimer: This drafted speech remains my personal opinion and does not represent the perspectives of NWU and its international office. Coloured sections and endnotes signify later additions, which serve to clarify and justify the original speech delivered on the International Welcome, Orientation and Multicultural Day (15.04.2016).


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Photos courtesy of my dad

Hello, everyone. My name is Lydia Lee, a post-doctoral fellow in biblical studies at the North-West University since January 2016. A comparative approach is one of the methods I deploy in my research of the Bible. According to a biblical scholar, Brent Strawn, “comparative methodology sets at least two (sometimes more) subjects alongside each other so as to look at them together in order to … reveal aspects of the subjects that may not have been as readily seen if each was looked at in isolation” [1]. Today, I would like to use the comparative methodology, setting my overseas experiences alongside each other in order to illuminate my first impressions of South Africa in general, and Potchefstroom in particular. (more…)