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A senior member of the Christian clergy, usually in charge of a diocese and empowered to confer holy orders.

In chess, a bishop is a piece, typically with its top shaped like a mitre, that can move in any direction along a diagonal on which it stands. Each player starts the game with two bishops, one moving on white squares and the other on black.

Recorded in Old English (in form biscop, bisceop) the word comes from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’.

Bishops' Bible an edition of the Bible published in 1568 under the direction of Archbishop Parker, and intended to counteract the popularity of the Calvinist Geneva of Chancery.

Subjects: Christianity — History.

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