Liane Feldman

Assistant Professor of Religion and Program in Judaic Studies
Office Phone
243 - 1879 Hall

Liane Feldman joined the Princeton’s Department of Religion in Fall 2023. Her research and teaching span Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism. She is interested in priestly literature, temples, and sacrifice as well as the relationship between literary production and historical religious practice. She also works in translation and translation theory, both ancient and modern. She is the author of the award-winning book The Story of Sacrifice: Ritual and Narrative in the Priestly Source (Mohr Siebeck 2020). Her newest project, The Consuming Fire: The Complete Priestly Source from Creation to the Promised Land (University of California 2023), is the first complete edition and translation of the pentateuchal priestly source. A second edition including the Hebrew text is scheduled to be published in 2024.

She is currently working on projects on the diverse literary representations of sacrifice in Second Temple Jewish literature called Rewriting Sacrifice in Second Temple Judaism, and a project on numeracy and mathematical thinking in biblical and early Jewish writings. She received her Ph.D in Hebrew Bible from the University of Chicago in 2018 and taught at New York University from 2018–2023. More information about both her research and teaching can be found on her website:

Selected Publications

The Consuming Fire: The Complete Priestly Source, From Creation to the Promised Land. World Literature in Translation. Berkeley; Los Angeles: The University of California Press, 2023.

The Story of Sacrifice: Ritual and Narrative in the Priestly Source. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 141. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2020.

  • Recipient of the 2021 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise

“Rethinking the Place of the Pentateuch in Late Persian and Hellenistic-era ‘Priestly’ Literature,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 13.3 (2022): 257–284.

“Challenging a Priestly Credit Theology: A New Translation of Niphal חשב,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 84.2 (2022): 183–201.

“Sanitized Sacrifice in Aramaic Levi’s Law of the Priesthood,” Journal of Ancient Judaism 11.3 (2020): 343–368.

“The Idea and Study of Sacrifice in Ancient Israel,” Religion Compass 14.12 (2020): 1–14.

with Candida Moss, “The New Jerusalem: Wealth, Ancient Building Projects, and Revelation 21–22,” New Testament Studies 66.3 (2020): 351–366.

“Ritual Sequence and Narrative Constraints in Leviticus 9:1–10:3,” Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 17 (2017): 1–35.

 “The Composition of Numbers 32: A New Proposal,”