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Naphtali Meshel is Assistant Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies at Princeton University since 2010. He studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Department of Bible), and received further linguistic training at the University of Pennsylvania (Semitics), and in Mysore, India (Sanskrit).
His research focuses primarily on the Hebrew Bible and on Israelite religion within a comparative framework. In particular, he has worked on the ritual systems of purity and impurity in the Hebrew Bible, on the conceptualization of prohibition in Israelite law, and on the ideas of deception and damnation in prophecy. His present project is the composition of a “generative grammar” of Israelite sacrifice.