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Bilney, Thomas
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(c. 1495, Norfolk – Aug 19, 1531, Norwich) studied both kinds of law in Cambridge. He was ordained as a priest in 1519 and became a fellow of Trinity Hall in 1520. Under the influence of the Latin translation of the New Testament by Erasmus, Bilney began to devote himself to biblical studies. 1 Tim 1:15 helped him to a new understanding of the Christian faith, which freed him from anxiety about his salvation, so that an encounter with Lutheran thinking must be assumed as a preparation for his conversion. In the following period Bilney preached against saint and image veneration…

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Ehrenschwendtner, Marie-Luise, “Bilney, Thomas”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_02067>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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