Dr Hunt researches into the spirituality of the early eastern Christian church, female spirituality, asceticism and Christology.
Monographs and chapters
2004: Joybearing Grief: Tears of Contrition in the writings of the Early Syrian and Byzantine Fathers (Brill, Leiden).
2004: The Westminster Handbook to Origen (ed. J McGuckin) Articles on Repentance, Love and Sacraments (Westminster John Knox Press)
2007: The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity (ed. Ken Parry) chapter on Byzantine Christianity (Blackwells, Oxford)
2009: Spirituality in Late Byzantium (ed. Eugenia Russell) ‘The Reforming Abbott and his Tears: Penthos in Late Byzantium’, pp. 13-20 (Cambridge Scholars, 2009)
2011: The Philokalia: Exploring the Classical Text of Orthodox Spirituality (ed. Brock Bingamen & B. Nassif), chapter entitled 'Uses and Abuses of Spiritual Authority in the Church in St Symeon the New Theologian' (Oxford University Press, Oxford)
2012: Clothed in the Body: Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era (
‘The Soul’s Sorrow in Syrian Patristic Thought’, in Studia Patristica vol. XXX111, Peeters, Leuven, 1997, pp. 530-533
‘The tears of the Sinful Woman: A theology of Redemption’, in Hugoye (on-line journal) March 1998
‘Praying the Body: Isaac of Nineveh and John of Apamea’ in The Harp, India, April 1999
‘The Concept of Penitent Weeping in the Psalms of David’, St Ephrem Theological Journal, Spring 1999
‘Penthos and Repentance in Symeon the New Theologian’, Studia Patristica vol XXXV, Peeters, Leuven, 2001, pp.114-120
‘Sexuality and penitence in Syriac commentaries on Luke’s Sinful Woman’ , Studia Patristica vols XLIV-XLIX, Peeters, Leuven, 2010
‘Divine Light and Spiritual Intoxication: Symeon the New Theologian’s image of penitence as a mystical winepress’, Medium Aevum , 2010-01-21
Reviews and reports
‘Report of the St Ephraim Conference, 17/18 December 1997’, in British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin, March 1998
Review of ‘St Symeon the New Theologian: The Ethical Discourses, vol. 3’ in Sobornost, 20.2, 1998
Review of ‘Man and the Environment: A Study of St Symeon the New Theologian’, in Sobornost 24.1 (2002)
Review of ‘Abba Isaiah of Scetis’ (trans J Chryssavgis and R Penkett), in Orthodox News, Vol. 17, no.1, Autumn 2003.
Review of ‘In the Heart of the Desert: the spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers’, (John Chryssavgis) in Sobornost 25.2 (2003)
Review of ‘Letters from the Desert: Barsanuphius and John’ (John Chryssavgis (tr)) in Sobornost 26.1 (2004)
Review of ‘God with Us: critical issues in Christian life and thought’ (John Breck) in
Sobornost 26.1 (2004)
Review of Writing and Holiness: The Practice of Authorship in the Early Christian East (Derek Krueger, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
Review of The Sex Lives of the Saints: an erotics of Ancient Hagiography (Virginia Burrus, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), in Journal of the History of Sexuality, vol 14, nos1/2January/April 2005
Review of Fear of God and the Beginning of Wisdom; The School of Nisibis and Christian Scholastic Culture in Late Antique Mesopotamia (Adam Becker) for The Journal Henoch vol. xxx, 2008/2, pp. 163-165.