Dillingham was educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, becoming a Fellow there in 1594. He was appointed to the "First Cambridge Company" charged by James I of England with the translation of parts of the Old Testament for the King James Version of the Bible. He was renowned for his mastery of the Greek language and wrote several theological treatises, including a Manual of the Christian Faith.
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