Dr Meredith WarrenMeredith Warren

Room 2.22, Jessop West
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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.

Research Interests

Gospel of John
Meals in the Greco-Roman World
Early Judaism
Ancient Romance Novels
Senses in Antiquity
Apocalypses and Apocalypticism


New Testament Greek
Greek Texts
New Testament Texts
The World of Early Judaism
Jesus and the Gospels
Understanding the New Testament
Selected Publications:


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

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.

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.


To make an application to study for a PhD in SIIBS with Meredith as your supervisor please go to the online application and search for her under the School of English.

Dr Meredith Warren talking about her research interests: