Dr. Bernon Lee comes to St. Andrew’s College from Bethel University in Minnesota.

Jul 26, 2021

It is with gratitude and excitement that St. Andrew’s College welcomes Dr. Bernon Lee. He will be joining the faculty as Professor of Hebrew Scriptures for a 12-month renewable term position. He comes to St. Andrew’s from Bethel University (Minnesota), where he has been Professor of Hebrew Bible for the last 13 years.

Professor Lee’s commitment to post-colonial scholarship and his current efforts to deconstruct 19th-century biblical interpretation (mostly of prescriptive texts) and its embedded invectives toward women and other subordinated parties in imperial contexts, complements well the College’s long history of exploring and challenging the Christian tradition through a justice lens.

Professor Lee will also be directly involved with the College’s work with our Saskatoon Theological Union (STU) partners. In this work, St. Andrew’s continues to move toward an intensive and integrated academic curriculum, which will include faculty from the entire STU.

Dr. Bernon Lee’s contact information is available on the faculty page.

Let us leave this hopeful announcement with Professor’s Lee’s own words:

“I grew up in Singapore, nurtured in the varied ministries of the Methodist Church. Coming to Canada, to the University of Calgary, I read English literature and Classics before landing on history as a major. My interest, however, turned again—this time to the Hebrew Bible in postgraduate studies. Finishing up at the school of theology at the University of Toronto, I took positions at Grace College (Indiana) and Bethel University (Minnesota) before accepting the invitation to join the community at St. Andrew’s College.

Something of a cultural ambivalence from my transcontinental (and transcultural) migrations informs my thinking in reading the scriptures. Mostly, I’m preoccupied with the tortured and torn perspectives of readers, the sense of a split existence hovering somewhere between both a love and a loathing for the dominant cultural ethos. This, of course, is still very much a part of our shared experience of pondering the scriptures in the shadow of colonialism, perhaps especially for those who find themselves at the edges.

In my leisure, I enjoy gardening, reading and the numerous offerings of Netflix. Of late, the works of Marguerite Duras and Wong Kar-Wai have been of interest.”