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Dr. Bunta holds a B.A. degree in theology from the University of Sibiu (Romania), a M.A. degree in biblical studies from the University of Oradea (Romania), and a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Marquette University.
Dr. Bunta specializes in the study of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins, focusing particularly on mystical trends in pseudepigraphic and apocalyptic literature. Dr. Bunta coordinates within the department a seminar dedicated to "Trends of Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism" (the seminar's website is located at http://academic.udayton.edu/trends). He is also an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society of Biblical Literature.
- Ph.D., Marquette University
- Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman period
- Conceptions of the divine in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Judaism
- Paradigms of exalted humanity in Second Temple literature
- Divine mediator traditions
- Pseudepigraphic literature
- The Dead Sea scrolls
Dr. Bunta has recently published several articles in the field of Jewish and Christian mysticism in edited volumes and scholarly journals such as, Henoch, the Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and the Journal for the Study of Judaism.