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MS 367 Papers of Professor Judah Benzion Segal

Professor Judah Banzion Segal

Professor Judah Benzion Segal (1912-2003), an expert in Aramaic and Hebrew studies, was the son of M.H.Segal, the distinguished Hebrew scholar. Born in Newcastle, Segal was educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford, graduated with a first-class degree in Oriental languages from Cambridge University in 1935 and a DPhil from Oxford in 1939.

During World War Two, Segal sent reports on the movements of Rommel’s forces from behind German lines in North Africa. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1942.

In 1946, Segal joined the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, as a lecturer in Hebrew and Aramaic. He was to remain at SOAS until his retirement in 1979: as reader, 1955-61, and Professor in Semitic languages, 1961-79. In 1968, he was elected to a fellowship of the British Academy. In 1982 he became director of the Leo Baeck College.

About the collection

This small collection mostly contains papers relating to Professor Segal’s academic work in both English and Semitic script. It includes papers, notebooks, newspaper cuttings, book reviews, index cards, text for lectures, speeches and articles, and correspondence, 1960s-80s; photographs (mostly pieces of pottery and stone), slides, drawings and a plaster cast of an inscription in Semitic script, c.1960s-70s; books and journal articles about Judaism (most by Segal) and a video and a CD about Segal, c.1980- c.2002

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