Naphtali  Meshel

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      Naphtali Meshel

      Title: Assistant Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies.
      Position: Faculty
      Office: 134 1879 Hall
      Phone: (609) 258-1909
      Areas: Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity
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      Naphtali Meshel joined the faculty in 2010 after completing his PhD at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research pertains to the Hebrew Bible and to Israelite religion within a comparative framework. His forthcoming book, A 'Grammar' of Ritual (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), examines the claim that rituals are governed by 'grammars' analogous to those of natural languages - an idea first perceived by the classical Sanskrit grammarians and pursued in recent anthropological studies - and offers a concise, formulaic 'grammar' as an analytical tool for the interpretation of Biblical and early Jewish sacrificial texts.

      He is on leave during the academic year of 2013-14 at the Institute for Advanced Study, where he will examine the applicability of this 'grammar' to ancient Near Eastern and South Asian rituals.

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2013 Danforth Lecture

  • featuring Robert Wuthnow
    Princeton University
    Title: "Polls, Surveys, and the Shaping of American Religion"
    Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
    Time: 4:30 PM
    Location: Betts Auditorium School of Architecture