Alan F. Segal is a professor of religion and Ingeborg Rennert Professor of Jewish Studies at Barnard College. The meaning of the word professor ( Latin: professor, person who professes to be an expert in some art or science teacher of highest rank) varies A religion is a set of Tenets and practices often centered upon specific Supernatural and moral claims about Reality, the Cosmos Jewish studies (or Judaic studies) is an academic discipline centered on the study of Jews and Judaism. Barnard College is a women's liberal arts college founded in 1889 
Segal was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Massachusetts. Worcester (ˈwʊstɚ is a City in the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts ( is a state located in the New England region of the northeastern United States. He attended Amherst College (B.A., 1967), Brandeis University (M.A., 1969), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, 1971), and Yale University (M. Amherst College is a private liberal arts college in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. Brandeis University is a private research University with a Liberal arts focus located in Waltham Massachusetts, United States. A Master of Arts ( Latin: Magister Artium) is a Postgraduate academic Master's degree awarded by universities in a large The Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (also known as HUC, HUC-JIR, and The College-Institute) is the oldest Jewish A. , 1971; M.Phil., 1973; and Ph.D., 1975). In the usage of India, United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and some other countries the Master "PhD" redirects here for other uses see PhD (disambiguation. 
Segal is an expert in the history of the Old and New Testament periods, and on the Semitic languages in use in Israel in that period. According to Jewish Theological Seminary Professor Beth A. Berkowitz, in his work on St. Paul, Segal uses modern understandings of conversion in order to examine St. Paul's experience as it is described in the Acts of the Apostles. Paul the apostle (שאול התרסי Šaʾul HaTarsi, meaning " Saul of Tarsus " Σαούλ Saul and Σαῦλος Saulos and The Acts of the Apostles is a book of the Bible, which now stands fifth in the New Testament. 
Segal is a frequent media commentator on St. Paul and other issues to deal with early Christianity and Judaism.  Segal, who has written on Christian and Jewish beliefs in an afterlife, has exlpained to reporters that belief in an existence beyond death persists among Americans no matter how little they observe their religion. 
During September 2007, Segal became part of the controversial tenure battle concerning Barnard anthropology professor Nadia Abu El Haj. Nadia Abu El Haj (born 1962 and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. Segal, who was opposed to Abu El Haj's tenure bid, told The New York Times that "there is every reason in the world to want her to have tenure, and only one reason against it — her work, I believe it is not good enough. " Segal wrote a critique of Abu El Haj's book Facts on the Ground for the Columbia Daily Spectator, in which he said that the reasons he opposed tenure for Abu El Haj for professional, not personal, reasons. Facts on the Ground Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society is a 2001 book by Nadia Abu El Haj based on her doctoral thesis Columbia Daily Spectator is the daily newspaper written by Columbia University undergraduates servicing the university community and the neighborhood of Morningside  Segal later told The Forward that Abu El Haj hates Israelis. The Forward (פֿאָרווערטס Forverts) is a Jewish-American weekly Newspaper published in New York City.