Li graduated from Peking (Beijing) University in 1911 and obtained a master of arts degree in 1913. He furthered his studies at the University of Chicago in 1914. Three years later, he returned to China. He taught at Yenching University from 1921 to 1928 as an Old Testament professor. After the graduated school of religion separated from the university, Li served as dean of Yenching Graduate School of Religion. In 1928, he studied at King’s College, London University, and returned to China the following year. From 1929 on, Li served on the faculty of Yenching Graduate School of Religion. He taught coursed in Bible literature, Old Testament doctrine, church management, and worship. His many writings in Chinese include Guide to Old Testament Study, Introduction to Old Testament Literature, Teachings of the Psalms, and The Prophet Jeremiah: His Life and Teachings. His writings in English include Fragments Excavated in Palestine and Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha.
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