Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature
Warren, Meredith J. C.
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2019 pp. xv + 189. $29.95
Writings from the Greco-Roman World Supplement Series, 14
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Description: Meredith J. C. Warren identifies and defines a new genre in ancient texts that she terms hierophagy, a specific type of transformational eating where otherworldly things are consumed. Multiple ancient Mediterranean, Jewish, and Christian texts represent the ramifications of consuming otherworldly food, ramifications that were understood across religious boundaries. Reading ancient texts through the lens of hierophagy helps scholars and students interpret difficult passages in Joseph and Aseneth, 4 Ezra, Revelation 10, and the Persephone myths, among others.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Revelation, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Cynthia Shafer-Elliott
Citation: Cynthia Shafer-Elliott, review of Meredith J. C. Warren, Food and Transformation in Ancient Mediterranean Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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