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Silviu Bunta

Senior Scholar

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Religious Studies


Email: Silviu Bunta
Phone: 937-229-4315


  • Ph.D., Marquette University


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.

Faculty perspective

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 here). He is also an active member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Research interests

  • 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

Selected publications

Fr. Silviu has recently published two books: The Lord God of Gods. Divinity and Deification in Early Judaism (Gorgias Press, 2021), and Greek Grammar: Biblical and Patristic. Vol 1: Morphology (Cherubim Press, 2021). In his spare time, he continues his translation of Orthodox liturgical texts and patristic works. He has already published the Ieratikon (in three volumes) and Diakonikon (in one volume) of the Simonopetra tradition and is currently working on the Sylleitourgikon with Fr. Matthew-Peter Butrie. He is now completing, with Archbishop Alexander (Golitzin), the translation of Dionysius the Areopagite, accompanied by notes (under contract with St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press).