Burnett Hillman Streeter

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B. H. Streeter
Provost of The Queen's College, Oxford
In office
Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture
University of Oxford
In office
Preceded byCuthbert Turner
Succeeded byRobert Lightfoot

Burnett Hillman Streeter (17 November 1874 – 10 September 1937) was a British biblical scholar and textual critic.

Grave at the cemetery Hörnli, Riehen, Basel


Streeter was born in London and educated at The Queen's College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1899 and was a member of the Archbishop’s Commission on Doctrine in the Church of England (from 1922 to 1937). In 1910, Streeter formed a group of Oxford dons known as The Group, which met weekly to discuss theological topics. He attended the 1935 Nuremberg Rally.[1] He wrote a dozen volumes in the fields of philosophy of religion, comparative religion, and New Testament textual studies.

He was Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford from 1932 to 1933, when he became Provost of Queen's College.

The most important work of Streeter was The Four Gospels: A Study of Origins (1924), in which he proposed a "four-document hypothesis" (instead of the "two-source hypothesis") as a new solution to the synoptic problem.[2] In this work, he also developed the theory of "local texts" in the manuscript transmission of the New Testament (pp. 27–50). Johann Leonhard Hug was his forerunner.[3]

Streeter found a new textual family: Caesarean text-type. He remarked a close textual relationship between Codex Sinaiticus and Vulgate of Jerome.

Streeter and his wife, Irene, were the only passengers on a Koolhoven FK.50, HB-AMO which crashed into Mount Kelleköpfli on a flight from Basel to Bern on 10 September 1937. The crew started the descent to Basel in low visibility due to foggy conditions. The plane hit Mount Kelleköpfli located near Waldenburg, 25 kilometers southeast from the Basel airport. The pilot Walter Eberschweiler and the Streeters were killed immediately, while the radio operator/navigator Hans Huggler survived the accident, but was severely injured.



  1. ^ Frank Buchman - A Life, Garth Lean, Constable 1985
  2. ^ The Four Gospels, a Study of Origins treating of the Manuscript Tradition, Sources, Authourship, & Dates, (1924), pp. 223-270.
  3. ^ Metzger, Bruce M.; Ehrman, Bart D. (2005). The Text of the New Testament: Its Transmission, Corruption and Restoration. New York - Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 215. ISBN 978-0-19-516122-9.

Further reading[edit]

  • John M. Court, Burnett Hillman Streeter, (17 November 1874 – 10 September 1937), in: ExpT 118.2006, Nr.1, S. 19-25.

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