Theodore Beza (Beza Theodorus)( French Protestant reformer)
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Biography Theodore Beza (Beza Theodorus)
Born in the route was (Burgundy). Been influenced by Melchior Volmar, one of the first followers of Luther in France. In 1548 Beza came to Geneva, where he announced the transition to Protestantism. He taught Greek and theology at the universities of Lausanne and Geneva, became the most faithful friend and disciple of Calvin. After the death of Calvin (1564) Beza, was elected his successor and ruled Geneva in the spirit of orthodox Calvinism, making Geneva the theological school in an exemplary school. Died Beza in Geneva on Oct. 13, 1605. His youthful poems (Poemata Juvenilia), published before resorting to Protestantism, nominated him for a number of leading Latin poets of those days. Among other works include theological treatises (Tractationes theologicae), The Right of city authorities (De jure magistratum), Image (Icones), Theological letters (Epistolae theologicae), a biography of Calvin. Beza published the first critical edition of the Greek text of the New Testament and has made numerous comments to the biblical books. He brought a gift to the University of Cambridge New Testament manuscript, known as Codex Bezae (Codex Bezae, or Codex D).