[German Version] (du Jon; May 1, 1545, Bourges – Oct 13, 1602, Leiden). After studying law in Bourges and theology in Geneva with T. Beza, Junius became the French preacher in Antwerp in 1565 and in the Electoral Palatinate in 1567. There, from 1573 onward, he collaborated with I. Tremellius on a Latin translation of the Old Testament. In 1576, he became professor of theology in Neustadt an der Haardt, in ¶ 1584 in Heidelberg and in 1592 in Leiden. With his
Eirenicum de pace ecclesiae catholicae (first in Fr., 1593), written for Henry IV of France, which proposed a Gallican model of the church (Gallicanism) on the basis of the recognition of the Holy Scriptures and of Christ's redemptive death, he made an early contribution to overcoming confessional disputes. At the same time, he distinguished himself as a controversial theologian in the dispute with R. Bellarmine. In the controversy about predestination, he differentiated himself, in a moderate manner, from J. Arminius. Christoph Strohm Bibliography Works:
Opera theologica, 2 vols., 1607, etc.
Opuscula theologica selecta, ed. A. Kuyper, 1882 On Junius: F.W. Cuno,
Franciscus Junius der Ältere, 1891, repr. 1971 C. de Jonge,
De Irenische Ecclesiologie van Franciscus Junius, 1545–1602, 1980 G.A. Benrath,
Franciscus Junius (François du Jon) 1545–1602, Pfälzer Lebensbilder 6, 2001 (bibl.).