Eric Heaton's father was a sheep farmer at Long Preston in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
He was educated at Ermysted's Grammar School and Christ's College, Cambridge (1939–42) and a curate in Durham. He was appointed Chaplain of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 1945. After seven years he was appointed a Canon of Salisbury Cathedral.
Notable works by Heaton
- The Book of Daniel - Introduction and Commentary (1956)
- Everyday Life in Old Testament Times (1956)
- The Old Testament Prophets (1958)
- Commentary on the Sunday Lessons — New Lectionary Year One (1959)
- The Hebrew Kingdoms (1968)
- Solomon's New Men: The Emergence of Ancient Israel as a National State (1974)
- School Tradition of the Old Testament (1994)
- Hugh Rice’s Obituary for 'The Rev. Eric Heaton' from The Independent on Sunday, Friday 30 August 1996.
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