In 1520, just three years after Martin Luther’s 95 Theses, his writings were widely read in France. Later in the 1500s, John Calvin and Theodore Beza were called to provide leadership to French Protestants. They established a “haven” in Geneva for Protestants fleeing persecution throughout Europe. Calvin’s Academy in Geneva became the most important school in Europe for training Reformed pastors.
Theodore Beza was the school’s chief pastor and served as a professor. As John Calvin’s successor, Beza provided significant leadership for the Protestant Reformation in Geneva. His sermons and biblical commentaries inspired generations of Protestants. His Greek and Latin biblical scholarship influenced the translations of the Geneva Bible and the King James Version of 1611!
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