Memorial: John Hamilton Skilton

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Memorial: John Hamilton Skilton


John Hamilton Skilton was born in Philadelphia in 1906 to Robert H. and Margaret B. Skilton. He was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1927 with his B.A. degree and again in 1928 with the M.A. He then received his Bachelor of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1933 before serving as pastor of Second Parish Presbyterian Church in Portland, Maine for the next six years. John finished his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 1961. He also took graduate studies at the University of Basel and at Cambridge University.

Beginning in 1939, John Skilton began a teaching career at Westminster that would continue for fifty-eight years, the same length of tenure Charles Hodge enjoyed at Princeton. Over those years, he was professor of New Testament, but also served as assistant academic dean, dean of students, and editor of the Westminster Theological Journal in the late sixties and early seventies.

Dr. Skilton was a skilled writer and editor. He was a contributor and editor of The Law and the Prophets, a Festschrift for O. T. Allis, and Scripture and Confession. He was the general editor and a contributor to The New Testament Student, a series of seven volumes published by Presbyterian and Reformed beginning in 1974. …

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