An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church

Easton, Burton Scott

(Dec. 4, 1877-Mar. 7, 1950). Seminary professor and NT scholar. He was born in Hartford, Connecticut. Easton studied first at the University of Göttingen in Germany. He subsequently received his B.S. in 1898 and his Ph.D. in 1901, both from the University of Pennsylvania. While teaching mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, 1901-1905, he studied at the Philadelphia Divinity School, where he received his B.D. in 1906. Easton was ordained deacon on May 26, 1905, and priest on Dec. 17, 1905. From 1905 until 1911, he taught NT at Nashotah House. From 1911 until 1919, he taught NT at Western Theological Seminary in Chicago. Easton was professor of NT at the General Theological Seminary from 1919 until 1948, when he became Professor Emeritus. He served as Associate Editor of the Anglican Theological Review from 1923 until his death. Easton became a NT scholar of international repute with his commentary on The Gospel of St. Luke (1926). Among his many other publications were The Gospel Before the Gospels (1928), Christ in the Gospels (1930), and The Pastoral Epistles (1947). He also published a translation and edition of the Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus (1934). Easton died in New York City.

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