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Solomon Zeitlin

Born: 28-May-1886
Birthplace: Chashniki, Byelorussia
Died: 28-Dec-1976
Location of death: Philadelphia, PA
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish [1]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dead Sea Scrolls debunker

Born in either 1892 or more likely 1886, Solomon Zeitlin became professor of rabbinical studies at Dropsie College in Philadelphia. He is noted for having taught in the same classroom at the school for more than five decades without missing a class. He never took notes and would not forget facts. In 1971, a bibliography noted 406 of Zeitlin's works, primarily scholarly articles but also including his three-volume work, The Rise and Fall of the Judean State.

Upon discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in the 1940s, he questioned their authenticity and used methods to do so that resembled the field of public relations more than scholarship. Some of his claims have no basis in fact whatsoever, and should be treated purely as speculation.


[1] Quoted in his New York Times obituary, 30 December 1976: "I'm not Orthodox, I'm not Conservative, I'm not Reformed. I'm a Jew. And I'm objhective."

    High School: Baron Günsberg's Academy of Jewish Learning, St. Petersburg, Russia
    Theological: ThD École Rabbinique, Paris (1913)
    Theological:
ThD, Dropsie College (1917)
    Professor: Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
    Professor: Dropsie College (1921-76)

Author of books:
Maimonides: A Biography (1935, biography)
Who Crucified Jesus? (1942, religion)
The Rise and Fall of the Judean State: A Political, Social and Religious History of the Second Commonwealth (1962, history)



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