BISHOPS' BOOK, THE: A work published at London in 1537, compiled by a commission of English bishops and clergymen, of which the full title is The Institution of a Christian Man, containing the exposition or interpretation of the common creed, of the seven sacraments, of the x commandments and of the pater noster, and of the ave maria, justification, and purgatory. It reflects the conditions of the time in maintaining that the authority of the pope is a human institution, while not denying that the Church of Rome is a part of the Church Universal. It is reprinted in Formularies of Faith Put Forth by Authority during the Reign of Henry VIII, edited by C. Lloyd, bishop of Oxford (Oxford, 1825). Consult C. Hardwick, A History of the Christian Church during the Reformation (6th ed., London, 1877).
BISSELL, EDWIN CONE: American Congregationalist; b. at Schoharie, N. Y., Mar. 2, 1832; d. at Chicago Apr. 10, 1894. He was graduated at Amherst 1855, and at Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1859; was pastor of Congregational churches at Westhampton, Mass., 1859-64, San Francisco, 1864-69, Winchester, Mass., 1871-73; missionary of the American Board in Austria 1874-79; became Nettleton professor of Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis in the Hartford Theological Seminary 1881, and of Old Testament exegesis and literature in McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, 1892. During his pastorate at Westhampton he raised a company of the fifty-second regiment, Massachusetts volunteers, and served as its captain under Gen. Banks at Port Hudson 1862-63. In 1869-70 he supplied the pulpit of the Congregational Church at Honolulu, Sandwich Islands. He published The Historic Origin of the Bible (New York, 1873); The Apocrypha of the Old Testament (a revised translation, introduction, and notes, vol. xv of the American Lange series, 1880); The Pentateuch, its origin and structure (1885); Biblical Antiquities (Philadelphia, 1888); A Practical Introductory Hebrew Grammar (Hartford, 1891); Genesis Printed in Colors, showing the original sources from which it is supposed to have been compiled, with introduction (1892).
BITHYNIA. See ASIA MINOR IN THE APOSTOLIC TIME, VI.
BIZOCHI. See FRATICELLI.
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