PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 29)
Prof. Solomon Zeitlin, Distinguished Professor of Post-Biblical Literature and Institutions at Dropsie. University and the world’s leading authority on the Second Commonwealth, died here yesterday. He was 84 years old. Zeitlin, who was at Dropsie since 1921, was the leading challenger to the claim that the Dead Sea Scrolls belonged to antiquity.
Born in Russia, he studied at Dvinsk and St. Petersburg and received his rabbinical ordination and a doctorate in theology from the Ecole Rabbinique in Paris. He came to the United States during World War I and received a Ph.D. from Dropsie College in 1917. Zeitlin taught at Yeshiva College in New York before going to Dropsie. He wrote more than 400 articles and books and was instrumental in organizing the American Academy of Jewish Research.