Dr. Wilson de A. Cunha

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Email: WilsonCunha@letu.edu
Phone: (903) 233-3375

Dr. Cunha has served in the School of Theology for over five years. He grew up in São Paulo, Brasil, where he served as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Brasil (IPB). After completing his Bachelor of Theology degree, Dr. Cunha pursued a Th.M. in Old Testament studies at Calvin Theological Seminary, in Grand Rapids, MI. There, he met his wife, Katie, where they married before leaving for his Ph.D. at Leiden University, in the Netherlands. They have three children: Matthew, Isabella and baby Chloe.

Courses Taught

  • BIBL 1033: Biblical Literature (also online)
  • BIBL1043: Biblical Foundations for Living
  • BIBL 3003: Old Testament Backgrounds
  • BIBL 3103: Pentateuch (also online)
  • BIBL 3203: Historical Books
  • BIBL 3303: Poetical Books
  • BIBL 3413: Pre-Exilic Prophets
  • BIBL 3423: Exilic and Post-Exilic Prophets
  • BIBL 3503: The Life and Teachings of Christ (online)
  • BIBL 3653: Romans (online)
  • BIBL 3623: Paul's Prison Letters (online)
  • BIBL 4993: The Book of Genesis
  • HEBR 1113: Elementary Hebrew I
  • HEBR 1123: Elementary Hebrew II


  • Ph.D. in Old Testament, Universiteit Leiden, the Netherlands (2007-2011) [Promotion: March 15, 2012]

Dissertation: LXX Isaiah as Interpretation and Translation: A Methodological Discussion.

  • Th.M. in Old Testament, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI (2004-2006)

Dissertation: The Interpretation of the Yiqtol Verbs in Psalm 47:4-5

  • B.Th. in Theology, José Manoel da Conceição Presbyterian Theological Seminary, São Paulo, Brasil (1999-2002)

Monograph: Breves Considerações sobre a Aliança da Criação e a Plenitude do Espírito em Efésios 5:18-6:9

Research Interests

Isaiah; Psalms; Genesis 1-11; The LXX of Isaiah; Early Versions (Targum, Peshitta, and Vulgate); New Testament Quotations of the Greek Old Testament; History of Biblical Interpretation/History of Reception; History of Old Testament Scholarship; The Old Testament and Ethics; Biblical Theology.


  • Cunha, Wilson de A. LXX Isaiah 24:1-26:6 as Interpretation and Translation: A Methodological Discussion (Septuagint and Cognate Studies 62; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2014).

  • Cunha, Wilson de A. "'Kingship' and 'Kingdom': A Discussion of Isaiah 24:21-23; 27:12-13 in Formation and Intertextuality in Isaiah 24-27 (Ancient Israel and Its Literature 17; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013), 61-76.
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. "LXX Isaiah 25:6-8 and the Issue of Coherence" in LXX: XIV Congress of the International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies, Helsinki 2010 (SCS 59; ed. Melvin K. H. Peters; Atlanta: SBL, 2013): 277-290.
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. "A Brief Discussion of MT Isaiah 24,14-16," Biblica 90 (2009), 530-544.

Book Reviews
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. Review of William D. Barker, Isaiah's Kingship Polemic (FAT 2/70; Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2014). BIBLIOTHECA ORIENTALIS LXXIII/1-2 (Jan/April 2016): 197-201
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. Review of Arie C. Leder. Waiting for the Land: The Story Line of the Pentateuch (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2010). Calvin Theological Journal 48/2 (2013): 332-335.
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. Review of J. Stromberg. An Introduction to the Study of Isaiah (London: T & T Clark, 2011). Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 56/3 (2013): 605-607.
  • Cunha, Wilson de A. Review of J. Ferry. Isaïe: "Comme les mots d'un livre scellé..." (Paris: Cerf, 2008). Review of Biblical Literature (01/2013).

Academic Societies:

Membership in Academic Societies
  • Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
  • Institute for Biblical Research (IBR)
  • Evangelical Theological Society (ETS)
  • The International Organization for Septuagint and Cognate Studies (IOSCS)
Ecclesiastical Affiliation
  • Ordained Presbyterian minister in the Presbyterian Church of Brasil (IPB)

Personal Statement:

Interpreting the Bible in-between two worlds is the focus of my research and teaching. I strive to read the Bible in the light of the ancient context from which it arose while being sensitive to appropriating the Bible's message in the context from which I read it. Research in the history of the Bible's reception, especially in Early Judaism and Early Christianity, is also part of my interest as it helps me understand how others in the long past have appropriated the ancient message of the Bible anew in their respective contexts.