Title: Assistant Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies. Position: Faculty Email: nmeshel@Princeton.edu Office: 134 1879 Hall Phone: (609) 258-1909 Areas: Religions of Mediterranean Antiquity
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. He previously taught at the Russian State University for the Humanities and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2013-14. His recent book, The "Grammar" of Sacrifice (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.