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LIFE OF HANSERD KNOLLYS:
Hanserd Knollys was born at a place called Cawkwell in around 1598. At age 6 he nearly drowned, but was rescued by his father.
Knollys studied at Cambridge (Catherine Hall) and may have been taught by Richard Sibbes while studying to minister in the Church of England. He became an ordained minister of the gospel and ministered at a place called Humberston.
In 1631 Knollys married Anne Cheney.
As Hanserd Knollys became more convinced from Scripture regarding Biblical church practice, he became convinced that he needed to leave the Church of England. He resigned his position because of what he saw to be unBiblical practices in the church, including the administration of the Lord's Supper to all and sundry.
But still more challenging to Knollys was his conviction that he was yet unsaved, a fact to which he was convinced by the Puritan John Wheelwright. This conviction led to his conversion and to actual usefulness in his ministry, with many being saved.
In the persecution of non-conformists brought about by Archbishop William Laud (1636), Knollys was arrested and then freed. Following his arrest, Knollys and his family fled to Boston in America. However, his only child died on the journey to that country.
Having fled one dispute, Knollys soon found himself caught up in another, this time over Antinomianism. This dispute led to him moving to Piscattuah in New Hampshire where he founded a church.
In 1641 the Knollys' returned to England, where Hanserd Knollys served in the Parliamentary Army for a short time, before resigning, having become disillusioned with the Parliamentary cause.
In the late 1640s and into the 1650s, Knollys did the work of an evangelist, especially in Wales.
In 1660 Hanserd Knollys was arrested for refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy to Charles II. He spent 18 weeks in jail at Newgate. He spent some time in Holland and Germany during the persecution of dissenters under Charles II, before returning to England.
In 1670 Knollys was again arrested and this time jailed at Bishopsgate. He was later jailed in 1684, for breaking the Conventicle Act (he was jailed for 16 months when aged 86).
In 1677, the Particular Baptists of London published a confession of faith. In 1689, following the Act of Toleration, the Confession of Faith was officially published and signed by Particular Baptist ministers (including Hanserd Knollys).\
In 1691 Hanserd Knollys died and was buried in Bunhill Fields.
Knollys was a prolific author, writing (and/or co-writing) some 25 works.
WORKS OF HANSERD KNOLLYS:
- A Moderate Answer unto Dr Bastwicks Book - Hanserd Knollys
This work answered the claim put forward by Dr Bastwick's book that the Bible taught Presbyterian Church Government.
- A Declaration Concerning the Publicke Dispute ... Concerning Infant Baptism - Hanserd Knollys (with William Kiffin and Benjamin Coxe)
- First London Baptist Confession of Faith
- The Shining of a Flame in Zion - Hanserd Knollys
This work was a defence of the continuation of the two ordinances established by Jesus Christ, namely baptism and the Lord's Supper.
- The Rudiments of Hebrew Grammar in English - Hanserd Knollys
- Grammaticae Gracecae Compendium (1664) - Hanserd Knollys
- Grammaticae Latinae Compendium (1664) - Hanserd Knollys
- Grammaticae Latinae, Graecae, and Hebaicae (1665) - Hanserd Knollys
- Linguae Hebricae Delineatio (1664) - Hanserd Knollys
- Rhetoricae Adumbratio (1663) - Hanserd Knollys
- Radices Simplicium Vocum (1664) - Hanserd Knollys
- Radices Hebraicae Omnes (1664) - Hanserd Knollys
- Address of the Anabaptist Ministers in London, to the Lord Protector - Hanserd Knollys (with John Spilsbury and Henry Jessey)
In this work the three authors sought to advise Oliver Cromwell to not take the English crown.
- An Exposition of the First Chapter of the Song of Solomon (1656) - Hanserd Knollys
- Apocalytptical Mysteries (1667) - Hanserd Knollys
- Exposition of the Book of Revelation (1688) - Hanserd Knollys
- A Brief Discourse Concerning Singing in the Public Worship of God in the Gospel Church (1691) - Hanserd Knollys
- A Small Piece in Defence of Singing Ye Praises of God (1691) - Hanserd Knollys
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