Theodore Beza

1519 - 1605

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Theodore Beza (Latin: Theodorus Beza; French: Théodore de Bèze or de Besze; June 24, 1519 – October 13, 1605) was a French Calvinist Protestant theologian, reformer and scholar who played an important role in the Protestant Reformation. He was a disciple of John Calvin and lived most of his life in Geneva. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodore Beza has received more than 318,646 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Theodore Beza is the 786th most popular writer (up from 834th in 2019), the 920th most popular biography from France (up from 989th in 2019) and the 127th most popular French Writer.

Theodore Beza was a French theologian who served as the last chancellor of the University of Geneva. He was also one of the translators of the Geneva Bible. He is most famous for his work as a theologian and for his translation of the Bible.

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Notable Works

A view from the Palatine
Iesu Christi D.N. Nouum Testamentum
Theodori Bezae Vezelii Poemata
Novum Testamentum Domini Nostri Jesu Chrisi
Abraham sacrifiant
Du droit des magistrats sur leurs subjets
Kings and rulers, Duties
The **Right of Magistrates** (French: *Du droit des magistrats*, Latin: *De jure magistratuum*) is a 1574 work written by Theodore Beza, and anonymously "published by those from Magdeburg of 1550", as a polemical contribution to the pamphlet literature of the French Wars of Religion. It emphatically protested against French state tyranny in religious matters, and affirmed the resistance theory that it is legitimate for a people to oppose an unworthy magistracy in a practical manner and if necessary to use weapons and depose them. (Source: [Wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_of_Magistrates))
The life of John Calvin
Correspondance de The odore de Be ze
Ē Kainē Diathēkē
The New Testament of our Lord Iesus Christ
Correspondence, Popular music, Sources


Among writers, Theodore Beza ranks 786 out of 7,302Before him are Sinclair Lewis, Georg Brandes, Raymond Carver, Tove Ditlevsen, Ibn al-Muqaffa', and Menippus. After him are Pope Dionysius of Alexandria, Tao Yuanming, Jin Yong, Marie Mancini, Wilhelm Hauff, and Leon Uris.

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Among people born in 1519, Theodore Beza ranks 7Before him are Catherine de' Medici, Henry II of France, Pope Innocent IX, Cosimo I de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Gaspard II de Coligny, and Francis, Duke of Guise. After him are Isabella Jagiellon, Occhiali, Imagawa Yoshimoto, Henry FitzRoy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, Andrea Cesalpino, and Antonis Mor. Among people deceased in 1605, Theodore Beza ranks 10Before him are Handan Sultan, Boris Godunov, Feodor II of Russia, Jean Nicot, Ulisse Aldrovandi, and John Davis. After him are Naresuan, Jan Zamoyski, Johann II, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, Cığalazade Yusuf Sinan Pasha, Stradanus, and Orazio Vecchi.

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In France

Among people born in France, Theodore Beza ranks 920 out of 6,770Before him are Antoine Galland (1646), Ivo of Kermartin (1253), Sigismund of Burgundy (500), Francis Lai (1932), Jules Dumont d'Urville (1790), and Chilperic I (539). After him are Saint Eligius (588), Michael Lonsdale (1931), Louise Michel (1830), Louis Barthou (1862), Marie-Anne Paulze Lavoisier (1758), and Adela of Champagne (1140).

Among WRITERS In France

Among writers born in France, Theodore Beza ranks 127Before him are Sidonius Apollinaris (430), Pierre Boulle (1912), Edmond de Goncourt (1822), Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle (1657), Jean Anouilh (1910), and Antoine Galland (1646). After him are Georges Bernanos (1888), Charles Maurras (1868), Laura de Noves (1310), Juliette Récamier (1777), Jules Renard (1864), and Philippe Ariès (1914).