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Dr Jane Heath

Associate Professor

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Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and ReligionDun Cow Cottage 202+44 (0) 191 33 43957
Member of the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East  
Member of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies  


My research interests have tended to fall in the area of Christian formation, which I approach in the ways I am able to on the basis of what education and formation I have. My first degree was in Classics; when I started Theology, I focused on the New Testament; more recently, I have been enjoying exploring early Patristics. Interests in visuality, textuality, prayer, and embodied devotion thread through my work. My doctoral thesis was on Paul's Visual Piety and the 'metamorphosis of the beholder' (cf. 2 Cor 3:18); my most recent book has been on Clement of Alexandria's transformation of Classical miscellany writing for the purposes of cultivating Christian devotion; I am now working on theological aesthetics in the early church, still with a primary focus on Clement of Alexandria, but this time investigating his literary pedagogy for Christian 'children' (who may be grown-ups in age...), in whom he seeks to instil a 'preference for beauty'. It is important to me that the study of antiquity should interact with debates and ideas of the modern day, and each of my projects has sought to do that in different ways. I enjoy working with students at all stages of their studies; indeed, it is one of the greatest privileges of this role. I would be glad to answer any enquiries. Please do not hesitate to get in touch.

In 2021-2022 I will be working in Notre Dame, Indiana, as a Visiting Research Fellow.


Authored book

  • Heath, J. M. F. (2020). Clement of Alexandria and the Shaping of Christian Literary Practice: Miscellany and the Transformation of Greco-Roman Writing. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Heath, J.M.F. (2013). Paul's Visual Piety: The Metamorphosis of the Beholder. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Other (Digital/Visual Media)

  • Heath, Jane (Accepted). The Lord's Prayer.

Supervision students