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. 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.