Welcome

Welcome to the webpage of Dr Meredith J C Warren.

I am a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, where I direct the Embodied Religion research theme. I’m also Director of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.

Principally trained in both early Christianity and early Judaism, I approach religion in antiquity from an interdisciplinary perspective that challenges category assumptions about early Christian and Jewish literature. In my research and teaching, my goal is to showcase the intricacies of shared cosmological expectations among the communities of the ancient Mediterranean. I write about the intersection of cultural expectations in narratives from the Greco-Roman period, across religious boundaries, especially narrative-level rituals. I am particularly interested in sensory analysis, the sense of taste, food and meals.

My latest book is called Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature (SBL, 2019). In defining a genre of transformative ingestion called hierophagy, this book uses sensory analysis to explore how performative consumption brings about access to other worlds in ancient Mediterranean narratives.

My first book, My Flesh is Meat Indeed (Fortress; 2015), evaluates how John 6:51c–58 contributes to the gospel’s presentation of Jesus as divine in light of Hellenistic attitudes about sacrifice, divinity, and the consumption of human flesh.

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