Dr Meredith Warren

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Room 2.22, Jessop West
1 Upper Hanover Street
S3 7RA

Internal extension: 20502
Phone number: +44 (0)114-222-0502

email: m.j.warren@sheffield.ac.uk


Meredith J.C. Warren completed her degrees (BA, MA, PhD) at McGill University and from 2013–2015 held a postdoctoral position at the University of Ottawa funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec — Société et Culture. Meredith’s primary research interests lie in the cultural and theological interactions among the religions of ancient Mediterranean, especially early Judaism and Christianity. In particular, Meredith is interested in how shared cultural understandings of food and eating play a role in ancient narratives, including the Pseudepigrapha, Hellenistic romance novels, and the Gospels. She has taught classes on women in early Judaism and Christianity, Koine Greek, ancient Mediterranean religions, and the early church.

Meredith’s doctoral work, recently published as My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Nonsacramental Reading of John 6:51–58 (Fortress 2015), investigates how the Gospel of John makes use of Jewish, Christian, Greek, and Roman attitudes about sacrifice, divinity, and the consumption of human flesh in order to make claims about Jesus’ divinity.

Her current book project, titled Hierophagy: Transformational Eating in Ancient Literature, examines how characters in literature are transformed by eating otherworldly food. An article emerging from this research, “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra’s Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption,” was recently published in the journal Studies in Religion.

  • Gospel of John
  • Revelation
  • Meals in the Greco-Roman World
  • Early Judaism
  • Ancient Romance Novels
  • Pseudepigrapha
  • Senses in Antiquity
  • New Testament Greek
  • Greek Texts
  • New Testament Texts
  • The World of Early Judaism
  • Jesus and the Gospels
  • Understanding the New Testament


2015 My Flesh is Meat Indeed: A Non-Sacramental Reading of John 6: 51–58. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Journal Articles

2015 “My Heart Poured Forth Understanding: 4 Ezra's Fiery Cup as Hierophagic Consumption,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 44.3: 320–333.
2006 “My OTP: Harry Potter Fanfiction and the Old Testament Pseudepigrapha,” Scriptura, 8.1: 53–66.

Book Chapters

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.