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BENOIT TURRETIN (1588-1631)

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Originally appearing in Volume V27, Page 483 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BENOIT TURRETIN (1588-1631), the son of Francesca Turretini, a native of Lucca, who settled in Geneva in 1579, was born at Zurich on the 9th of November 1588. He was ordained a pastor in Geneva in 1612, and became professor of theology in 1618. In 162o he represented the Genevan Church at the national synod of Alais, when the decrees of the synod of Dort were introduced into France; and in 1621 he was sent on a successful mission to the states-general of Holland, and to the authorities of the Hanseatic towns, with reference to the defence of Geneva against the threatened attacks of the duke of Savoy. He published in 1618-1620 (2 vols.) a defence of the Genevan translation of the Bible, Eine Verteidigung der genfer Bibeliibersetzung (Defense de la fidelite des traductions de la Bible faites a Geneve), against P. Cotton's Geneve plagiaire. He died on the 4th of March 1631.
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