On his return to the United States in 1885, he was appointed assistant to his father in Philadelphia, which position he voluntarily resigned after one year. His farewell sermon, entitled "Jews and Judaism" was generally understood to be a personal repudiation of traditional Judaism.
He went on to devote himself entirely to linguistic and archaeological studies. He gradually extended his field to include the history of religions. He joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1885 as an instructor of Semitic languages, and became professor of Semitic languages in 1891. In 1888, he became a librarian
at the University of Pennsylvania, becoming librarian-in-chief in 1898.
He edited a fragment of the Babylonian Dibbarra Epic (1891); the Arabic
text of the grammatical treatises of Abu Zakariyya Hayyug
(1897); Selected Essays of James Darmesteter
(with a memoir; translation of the essays from the original French by Helen Bachman Jastrow (Mrs. Morris Jastrow, Jr.), 1895); and a series of Handbooks on the History of Religion
. A bibliography of his books, monographs and papers, covering the years 1885-1916, was compiled and published (for private circulation) by A. T. Clay and J. A. Montgomery.
Among his students was Dr. Pezavia O'Connell
, the first African-American scholar to earn a PhD in Semitic languages.
In 1898, O'Connell wrote a dissertation under Jastrow's supervision at the University of Pennsylvania, entitled, Synonyms of the Unclean & the Clean in Hebrew
- ^ "Has Renounced Judaism", The New York Times, New York, NY, December 7, 1886
- ^ Greene, Harry W. (1946). Holders of Doctorates among American Negroes: An Educational and Social Study of Negroes Who Have Earned Doctoral Degrees in Course, 1876-1943. Boston: Meador Publishing Company. p. 132.
- ^ O'Connell, Pezavia (1898). Synonyms of the Unclean & the Clean in Hebrew. PhD dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.
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