Rabbi Moses Hirsch Segal, Biblical Scholar, Dies in Israel, Age 92
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Rabbi Moses Hirsch Segal, Biblical Scholar, Dies in Israel, Age 92

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Rabbi Moses Hirsch Segal, professor emeritus of Bible at the Hebrew University, who was considered one of the foremost Biblical and Semitic scholars of the day, died here at the age of 92. Only last June, Prof. Segal journeyed to the newly-liberated campus of the Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus to receive an honorary doctorate from the university.

Dr. Segal was born in Lithuania and educated at rabbinical seminaries, and later studied at Oxford University in England, where he became a tutor in the Old Testament. He served as rabbi in various pulpits in England until joining the faculty of the Hebrew University in 1926 as head of its Bible Department. He achieved prominence as a writer in his field, and was especially well known for his pioneering study of Hebrew phonetics, a comprehensive grammar of Mishnaic Hebrew, and an edition of Ecclesiastes. He was a member of the Israel Academy and, in 1954, was awarded the Israel Prize for Jewish studies.

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