BENMOHEL, Nathan Lazarus

BENMOHEL, Nathan Lazarus. Hamburg 26.5.1803 — Dun Laoghaire (or rather Sandycove nearby), county Dublin 22.12.1869. German Jew in Ireland. Son of Rabbi Elieza Lazi. From 1829 resided in Dublin and from 1832 studied languages at Trinity College, i.al. learned Hindūstānī. B.A. 1836, M.A. 1846. He was the first  conforming Jew obtaining a degree in a British university.In 1839-42 taught German and French, perhaps also Hebrew, at Trinity College, later career unclear, except for literary activity. Said to be lax and unorthodox in his Judaism. Apparently unmarried.

Publications: Arāish-e Maḥfil or Assemblage of Ornament. Ten Sections of a Description of India, being the most interesting portion of J. Shakespear’s Muntakhabāt-i-Hindī. Translated from the Hindoostanee and accompanied with Notes, explanatory and grammatical. 18+49 p. Dublin 1847.

– “Prospectus of a new etymological glossary, chiefly of the English language”, Proc. of Royal Irish Acad. 5, 1851, 8 p.; “Etymological criticism”, Proc. R. Irish Acad. 5, 1850-53, 75-81

Wrote on Jewish and Biblical matters.

Sources: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3003-benmohel-nathan-lazarus; more in *Oxford D.N.B.; C.J. Woods, D.I.B. 1, 449.

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