Dr Meredith Warren

Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies, Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies

Contact

Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
Sheffield
S3 7RA


Overview

I am a Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies and the Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. I joined the University of Sheffield in 2015. Previously I held a postdoctoral research appointment at the University of Ottawa. I completed my PhD at McGill University in 2013.


Research

My primary research interests include the use of food and the sense of taste in biblical texts, especially in the New Testament and non-canonical literature. I have published on eating flesh and drinking blood in the Gospel of John, the use of wine libations in the Book of Revelation, and the ingesting of honeycomb in Joseph and Aseneth,

My most recent monograph, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature, identifies and defines a new genre in ancient texts that I term hierophagy, a specific type of transformational eating where other-worldly things are consumed and which cause the eater to become associated with the heavenly realm. My first book, My Flesh Is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51–58, examined Jesus’ commandment to consume his flesh and blood in the context of fictional accounts of human sacrifice.

My current research investigates the use of ‘taste’ in metaphors for death in ancient Jewish, Christian, and other literature.

I am the Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies; I also edit the SIIBS book series published with Sheffield Phoenix Press, and am co-editor in chief of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.


Teaching

Undergraduate:

  • LIT113: Foundations in Literature: Biblical and Classical Sources
  • LIT272: Good Books: Intertextual Approaches the Literature and the Bible
  • LIT3053: Project module: Texts of Terror: Confronting the Horrific in the Bible

MA:

  • Love, Death, and Destiny: The Ancient Novel
  • Bible in Film

Supervision

I welcome PhD applicants who are interested in researching embodiment in biblical and/or ancient texts; any aspect of early Judaism and/or early Christianity; the Book of Revelation; the Gospel of John; sensory theory; the Bible and science fiction; or other projects engaging with biblical or classical literature in its ancient or contemporary contexts.

Publications

Books

  • 2019 Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature. Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series 14. Society of Biblical Literature Press: Atlanta.
  • 2015 My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Non-Sacramental Reading of John 6: 51–58. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. (Review - Nominated for the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion Book Prize, for the American Academy of Religion Award for Best First Book in the History of Religions and for the Frank W. Beare Award, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies)
Journal articles
  • 2018 “The Cup of God's Wrath: Libation in Revelation and Early Christian Meal Practice” Religions 9.413. Special Issue: Sacrifice and Religion; Daniel Ullucci, ed. 13 pages.
  • 2017 “Tasting the Little Scroll: A Sensory Analysis of Divine Interaction in Revelation 10:8–10.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 40.1: 101–119.
  • 2016 “Teaching with Technology: Using Digital Humanities to Engage Student Learning” Journal for Teaching Theology and Religion 19.3: 309–319.
  • 2015 “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra's Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 44.3: 320–333.
Book chapters
  • 2018 “‘When the Christ appears, will he do more signs than this man has done?’ (John 7:31): Signs and the Messiah in the Gospel of John” in Reading the Gospel of John's Christology as a Form of Jewish Messianism: Royal, Prophetic, and Divine Messiahs (Benjamin Reynolds and Gabriele Boccaccini, eds.; Leiden: Brill) 229–247.
  • 2017 “Human and Divine Justice in the Testament of Abraham” in The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. Edited by Lorenzo DiTommaso, Matthias Henze, and William Adler (Studia in Veteris Testamenti Pseudepigrapha; Leiden: E.J. Brill)
  • 2017 “Equal to God: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Sacrificial Scheintod” in Frederick S. Tappenden and Carly Daniel-Hughes, eds., Coming Back to Life: The Permeability of Past and Present, Mortality and Immortality, Death and Life in the Ancient Mediterranean. Montreal, QC: McGill University Library and Archives.
  • 2017 “Tastes from Beyond: Persephone's Pomegranate and Otherworldly Consumption in Antiquity” in Taste and the Ancient Senses (The Senses in Antiquity; Kelli C. Rudolph, ed; Routledge Press).
  • 2014 “A Robe Like Lightning: Clothing Changes and Identification in Joseph and Aseneth.” Pages 137–153 in Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity. Alicia Batten, Carly Daniel-Hughes, and Kristi Upson-Saia eds. Farnham, Surrey; Burlington, VT: Ashgate.