Dr Meredith Warren
School of English
Senior Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies, Director of the Sheffield Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies.
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I am Senior Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies and the Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies. I am a Metis citizen, originally from Canada; I moved to Sheffield in 2015. Currently my research areas include gender; the senses; anti-Semitism; and apocalyptic literature.
- Research interests
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. I just co-authored the first textbook dedicated to Jewish and Christian Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, which was published by Routledge in 2022.
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 Centre for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies; I also edit the SCIBS book series published with Sheffield Phoenix Press, and am co-editor in chief of the Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.
- View this article in WRRO Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.
- View this article in WRRO My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51-58. Fortress Press.
- Confronting Judeophobia in the Classroom. Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, 2(1), 81-106.
- The Cup of God’s Wrath: Libation and Early Christian Meal Practice in Revelation. Religions, 9(12), 413-413. View this article in WRRO
- 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. View this article in WRRO
- Teaching with Technology: Using Digital Humanities to Engage Student Learning. Journal for Teaching Theology and Religion, 19(3), 309-319. View this article in WRRO
- My heart poured forth understanding’: 4 Ezra’s Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption. Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses September, 3(44), 321-333. View this article in WRRO
- Invisibility, Erasure, and a Jewish Tombstone in Roman Britain. Journal for Ancient Judaism.
- Five Husbands: Slut-Shaming the Samaritan Woman. Bible and Critical Theory, 17(2), 1-20.
- View this article in WRRO “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 Reynolds B & Boccaccini G (Ed.), Reading the Gospel of John’s Christology as Jewish Messianism: Royal, Prophetic, and Divine Messiahs (pp. 229-247). Leiden: Brill.
- View this article in WRRO Human and Divine Justice in the Testament of Abraham In DiTommaso L, Henze M & Adler W (Ed.), The Embroidered Bible: Studies in Biblical Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha in Honour of Michael E. Stone. Leiden: E.J. Brill.
- Tastes from beyond: Persephone's pomegranate and otherworldly consumption in antiquity, Taste and the Ancient Senses (pp. 104-119). View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Equal to God: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Sacrificial Scheintod In Tappenden F & Daniel-Hughes C (Ed.), Coming Back to Life: The Permeability of Past and Present, Mortality and Immortality, Death and Life in the Ancient Mediterranean McGill University Library and Archives
- View this article in WRRO A robe like lightning: Clothing changes and identification in Joseph and aseneth, Dressing Judeans and Christians in Antiquity (pp. 137-153).
- View this article in WRRO Domestic Space in Late Ancient Judaism In Koltun-Fromm N & Kessler G (Ed.), A Companion to Late Ancient Judaism Wiley-Blackwell
- Slut Shaming the Samaritan Woman In Vanden Eykel E & Cobb C (Ed.), Sex, Violence and Early Christian Texts Fortress Lexington
- View this article in WRRO Students Think Better with Thinking Pieces: Why You Should Consider Using Low-Stakes Writing Assignments in Your Class.
- Research group
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.
- Teaching activities
- LIT113 Foundations in Literary Study: Biblical and Classical Sources in English
- LIT272 Good Books: Intertextual Approaches to Literature and the Bible
- EGH31007: The End of the World
- The Sacred and the Sexual: Gender, Sex, and the Bible