Trends of Ancient Jewish

and Christian Mysticism Seminar





This website is the online version of the ongoing research seminar “Trends of Ancient Jewish and Christian Mysticism” in the department of Religious Studies of the University of Dayton. The seminar and its website are directed by Silviu Bunta, an Assistant Professor of Second Temple Judaism and Christian origins at the University of Dayton (silviu.bunta@notes.udayton.edu). The seminar is interdisciplinary and focuses on topics related to ascetical and mystical traditions of ancient Judaism and Christianity. This focus is not limited to ancient sources, but it also extends to medieval and modern materials influenced by ancient mystical concepts.


The seminar meets regularly to discuss scholarly presentations. It currently includes faculty and graduate students of the University of Dayton, and scholars and researchers from various other communities, both in the field of Religious Studies and in other disciplines related to the study of ancient Judaism and Christianity (e.g., history, philosophy, languages, art, music etc.).


The resources posted on this website include previous and current presentations in this seminar, previously published and unpublished scholarly articles, electronic publications, lectures, reviews, and critical responses to these materials. Materials on this page may be copyrighted and, as such, are intended for classroom use only. Reproduction other than “fair use” quotations is prohibited. Please send articles, reviews, lectures, and critical responses intended for publication on this website to the seminar coordinator (silviu.bunta@notes.udayton.edu).


The seminar functions in association with the Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism seminar at Marquette University. The website of the Marquette seminar is at http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/.



Schedule of forthcoming presentations:


The schedule for the fall 2010 semester will be announced in September!


For past presentations, click here (full texts available for some presentations).



Recent publications in Jewish and Christian mysticism:









Other seminars in the field:

The Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism Seminar (Marquette University; http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/).

New Testament Mysticism Project Seminar (http://www.newtestamentmysticism.com/).

Philadelphia Seminar on Christian Origins (http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/psco/).


Weblogs on Jewish and Christian mysticism:

The Forbidden Gospels: http://forbiddengospels.blogspot.com/.

PaleoJudaica (a weblog on ancient Judaism and its context): http://paleojudaica.blogspot.com/.


Textual resources:



Jewish roots of eastern Christian mysticism (articles and bibliographies): http://www.marquette.edu/maqom/.

Online texts related to biblical studies: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~humm/Resources/Texts/index.html.

Perseus digital library: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/.

Ancient history sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/ancient/asbook.html.

Medieval history sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html.

Sacred texts: http://www.sacred-texts.com/index.htm.

Virtual World Project (virtual tours of ancient sites, with artifacts): http://www.virtualworldproject.org/.



Internet resources (for ancient Judaism and Christianity, by April DeConick): http://www.aprildeconick.com/internetresources.html.

Online texts related to biblical studies: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~humm/Resources/Texts/index.html.

Database of Septuagint Greek: http://www.extra.reading.ac.uk/lxx/.

New English Translation of the Septuagint: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/nets/.

Septuagint online: http://www.kalvesmaki.com/LXX/.



Romanian pseudepigrapha and apocrypha: http://academic.udayton.edu/SilviuBunta/.

The online critical pseudepigrapha: http://ocp.acadiau.ca/.

Slavonic pseudepigrapha: http://www.mu.edu/maqom/pseudepigrapha.html.

Non-canonical literature: http://wesley.nnu.edu/biblical_studies/noncanon/pseudepigrapha.htm.

Old Testament pseudepigrapha: http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~humm/Resources/Texts/otPseud.html.

Pseudepigrapha: http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/.

Adam and Eve archive: http://www3.iath.virginia.edu/anderson/.

Early Jewish writings: http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com/.



Judaica electronic texts: http://www.library.upenn.edu/cajs/etexts.html.

The Orion center for the study of the Dead Sea scrolls: http://orion.mscc.huji.ac.il/index.html.

Guide to resources in rabbinic literature: http://library.albany.edu/subject/guides/Guide_to_Resources_in_Rabbinic_Literature.html.

The Dinur center for research in Jewish history (at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem): http://www.dinur.org/1.html?rsID=219.

Online treasury of talmudic manuscripts: http://jnul.huji.ac.il/dl/talmud/intro_eng.htm.

Pirqe de rabbi Eliezer project: http://www.usc.edu/projects/pre-project/.

Jewish virtual library: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/.

Early Jewish writings: http://www.earlyjewishwritings.com/.

The works of Philo: http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/yonge/.

The Comprehensive Aramaic Lexicon (from HUC): http://cal1.cn.huc.edu/index.html.

The Zohar: http://www.sup.org/zohar/aramindex.htm.

Louis Ginzberg, The Legends of the Jews: http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/loj/index.htm.


Early Christianity (including apocryphal literature):

Internet resources (for ancient Judaism and Christianity, by April DeConick): http://www.aprildeconick.com/internetresources.html.

Early church fathers: http://www.ccel.org/fathers.html.


Hermetic literature:

The Corpus Hermeticum and Hermetic Tradition: http://www.webcom.com/~gnosis/library/hermet.htm.


Magical literature:

Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity: http://www.lib.umich.edu/pap/exhibits/magic/.  


Eastern Christianity:

St. Pachomius library: http://www.voskrese.info/spl/index.html.

Myriobiblos library: http://www.myriobiblos.gr/library%20home_en.htm.