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On the Vulgate of Thomas Bilney

Donnelly, Colin Michael

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Colin Donnelly
PGR Student Doctor of Philosophy


Arguably the most interesting source for the religious views of the early English evangelical Thomas Bilney (1495–1531) are the annotations in his copy of the Vulgate. Unfortunately, scholars have accessed these annotations almost exclusively through the error-riddled and selective summary provided in 1940 by J. Y. Batley. This study corrects Batley's most significant errors and provides transcriptions and translations of the most interesting annotations that he omitted. These include discussions of clerical celibacy, whether God is the author of evil, which biblical texts are authentically canonical and the nature of the law, justification and salvation.


Donnelly, C. M. (2022). On the Vulgate of Thomas Bilney. Journal of Ecclesiastical History, 73(4), 837-844.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 23, 2022
Publication Date 2022-10
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2022
Publicly Available Date Mar 21, 2023
Journal The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Print ISSN 0022-0469
Electronic ISSN 1469-7637
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 4
Pages 837-844
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