Theodore Cressy Skeat

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Theodore Cressy Skeat (15 February 1907 — 25 June 2003) was a librarian at the British Museum, where he worked as Assistant Keeper (from 1931), Deputy Keeper (from 1948), and Keeper of Manuscripts and Egerton Librarian (from 1961 to 1972) after studies in Cambridge and a spell at the British School of Archaeology in Athens. His work coincided with two important acquisitions by the Trustees of the aforementioned institution, namely the Codex Sinaiticus and the apocryphal Gospel Egerton 2 Papyrus (a.k.a. the Egerton Gospel). He made a name for himself with important contributions to palaeography, papyrology, and codicology, particularly-—but not only-—in relation to these two acquisitions. He was the grandson of noted philologist Walter William Skeat.


  • J. Keith Elliott, Theodore Cressy Skeat, TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism, 2003.[1]
  • J. Keith Elliott, Obituary: T. C. Skeat, The Independent, July 8, 2003.[2]
  • Dorothy J. Thompson, In memoriam Theodore Cressy SKEAT, 2004.[3]

Select bibliography[edit]

  • H.I. Bell, and T.C. Skeat (eds.), Fragments of an Unknown Gospel and other early Christian papyri, London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1935.
  • H.J.M. Milne, and T.C. Skeat, Scribes and Correctors of the Codex Sinaiticus, London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1938.
  • C.H. Roberts, and T.C. Skeat, The Birth of the Codex, Oxford University Press, New York – Cambridge 1983.
  • T.C. Skeat, The collected Biblical writings of T.C. Skeat, ed. J.K. Elliott, Supplements to Novum Testamentum 113, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004.


  1. ^ Elliott, Theodore Cressy Skeat
  2. ^ Elliott, Obituary, T. C. Skeat
  3. ^ AIP, In memoriam T. C. Skeat

External links[edit]

Klaus-Gunther Wesseling. "Theodore Cressy Skeat". Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL) (in German). cols. 1389–1407.