Research interests: Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern context, and on its early interpreters. Within the broader study of religion, he has a particular interest in South Asia and in Sanskrit literature.
Naphtali Meshel joined the Department of Bible and the Department of Comparative Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2016. His first book, The “Grammar” of Sacrifice (Oxford 2014), examined the ancient intuition that sacrificial rituals, like languages, are governed by “grammars.” His current projects examine ancient models for the “science of ritual” and their applicability to systems of purity and impurity; and mechanisms of double entendre in Wisdom Literature. He previously taught at Princeton University.