It is with a heavy heart that I mention the passing of Prof. Alan F Segal, Ingeborg Rennert Professor of Jewish Studies at Barnard College. I was supposed to be in a course with him last semester but his illness prevented him from teaching and he was forced to take an immediate leave of absence. We communicated several times after the cancellation and he read and gave me some encouragement in my work. I also got to see some of what he was working on, which, I believe, was intended for publication. It was quite interesting and I hope it will see the light of day. We were supposed to work together informally but alas we never got the chance.
Prof. Segal is most well known for his two works, Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism (Brill), and Paul the Convert: The Apostolate and Apostasy of Saul the Pharisee (Yale University Press).
May his memory be for a blessing!
HT: James Davila and PaleoJudaica.