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   Work on the 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' began in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though some individual bible 'books' were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years.
   Fenton is well known for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what the author believed was the correct chronological order. In the Old Testament, this order follows that of the Hebrew Bible. The name of God was translated throughout the Old Testament as "The Ever-Living".
   Fenton is an exciting translation that shows respect and gives clarity in many areas where other translations fall short. This Bible is described as being "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

    Henrik Borgström assisted Fenton with his translation of the Book of Job, which first appeared in 1898. The book of Job was "rendered into the same metre as the original Hebrew, word by word and line by line". His translation of the New Testament is based on the Greek text of Westcott and Hort. The ordering novelty in the New Testament is that it places the Gospel of John and the First Epistle of John at the beginning before the Gospel of Matthew, thus placing the Acts of the Apostles immediately after the Gospel of Luke.

   Notable as well, is Ferrar Fenton's restoration of the Psalms into the musical verse form as close to the original as he could get. The Psalms were, quite literally, songs, complete with instructions for the "choirmaster" as well as descriptions of the proper musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original.

   This bible is named the "Revised Fenton" because it puts things back into chronological order. In many cases, whether in error or not, Ferrar moved some parts of the scriptures down to the footnote section. These re-ordered verses have been returned to their chronological order as they are currently found in the King James Version. There was no alteration of the wording or intended meaning of what was originally intended by Mr. Fenton."

Blog entry: September 17, 2016


   Welcome to the new blog section. Join us in this exciting effort to display the works of Ferrar Fenton! The Holy Bible in Modern English is now fully digitized and can be seen for it's creative and artistic beauty as well as for the spiritual edification that we all need through the daily study of the scriptures.


   This project actually began in 2012 when the conversion of scanned images, using OCR software, revived a very beautiful but tangled digital version of Ferrar Fenton's work. The major part of the editing, including verse alignment, OCR errors and chapter breaks took over one year. Still, as we go there are minor fixes to punctuation and a few odd necessary edits.

   In its very raw form, 'The Holy Bible in Modern English' went online with a free but very undependable web hosting service in 2014, where it has been ever since.
   With thanks to the generosity of others, just recently, the site has been moved to its current home. This hosting service is by far superior to the previous but costs are high so we are maintaining an ad service to help offset the costs.

   
RF GEN 36:1

History of Esau continued.
Now these are the descendants of Esau, who is Edom:

   
RF GEN 36:2 Esau took wives from the women of Canaan; Ada the daughter of Ailon the Hitite; and Ahlibamah, the daughter of Zibaon the Hivite;
   
RF GEN 36:3 and Bashmath the daughter of Ishmael, the sister of Benaioth.
   
RF GEN 36:4 And Ada bore to Esau Ailifaz, and Bashmath bore Rauel;
   
RF GEN 36:5 and Ahlibamah bore Jaish and Jamal, and Korah; these are the sons of Esau, which they bore to him in the land of Canaan.
   
RF GEN 36:6 Esau afterwards took his wives, and his sons and daughters, and all the persons of his house, and the flocks, and all his cattle, and all property which he had acquired in the land of Canaan, and left the land from the face of his brother Jacob,
   
RF GEN 36:7 for their possessions were too great to remain together, for the land was not able to lodge the both of them, because of their herds.
   
RF GEN 36:8 So Esau remained in Mount Seir. (Esau is Edom.
   
RF GEN 36:9 —Esau was the father of the Edomites in Mount Seir.)
   
RF GEN 36:10 These are the names of the sons of Edom Ailifaz the son of Ada, the wife of Esau; Rauel the son of Bashmath wife of Esau;
   
RF GEN 36:11 And these are the sons of Ailifaz; Omar, Tzifo, and Nathan, and Kenez;
   
RF GEN 36:12 and Thimna was secondary wife to Ailifaz, the son of Esau, and she bore to Ailifaz Amalek;—these are the sons of Ada the wife of Esau.
   
RF GEN 36:13 And these are the sons of Rauel; Nahath, and Zarath, Shama, and Mizah; these were the sons of Bashmath, wife of Esau.
   
RF GEN 36:14 And these are the sons of Ahlibamah, the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Tzibaon, wife of Esau, which she bore to Esau:—Jaish; and Jalam; and Korah.
   
RF GEN 36:15 These were the chiefs from the sons of Esau and of the sons of Ailifaz, the eldest of Esau:—Chief Thamar; Chief Omar; Chief Tzifo; Chief Kenez;
   
RF GEN 36:16 Chief Korah; Chief Nathan; Chief Amalek: These were the Chieftains of Ailifaz, in the land of Edom. They were the sons of Ada.
   
RF GEN 36:17 And these were the sons of Rauel, the son of Esau; Chief Nahath; Chief Zerah; Chief Shama; Chief Mizah;
   
RF GEN 36:18 These were Chieftains of Rauel in the land of Edom. They were sons of Bashmath the wife of Esau.
   
RF GEN 36:19 These were sons of Esau, and were Chieftains in the land of Edom.
   
RF GEN 36:20 These are the sons of Seir (the Horites who inhabited the country) Lotan and Shubal, and Zilaon, and Anah;
   
RF GEN 36:21 and Dishon and Azar, and Dishan. These were Chieftains of the Horites sons of Seir, in the land of Edom.
   
RF GEN 36:22 And these were the sons of Lotan, Hori and Himam; and the sister of Lotan was Thimna.
   
RF GEN 36:23 And these are the sons of Shobal;—Alwan, and Manahath, and Aibal, Shefa, and Annam.
   
RF GEN 36:24 And these are the sons of Zibaon;—Aiah and Anah (he is the Anah who discovered mules in the desert while attending the asses of Zebaun his father).
   
RF GEN 36:25 These are the children of Anah; 'Dishon, and Ahlibama, daughter of Anah.
   
RF GEN 36:26 And these are the sons of Dishon;—Hamedan; and Ashban, and Ithran and Keran.
   
RF GEN 36:27 These are the sons of Azan, Bilkhan, and Zavan, and Akan;
   
RF GEN 36:28 These are the sons of Dishan, Aur, and Aran.
   
RF GEN 36:29 These are the Chiefs of the Horites —Chief Lotan; Chief Shubal; Chief Zibaon; Chief Anah; Chief Dishon; Chief Azer; Chief Dishan;—
   
RF GEN 36:30 These were Chiefs of the Horites, as Chieftains in the land of Seir.1
   
RF GEN 36:31 And these are the kings which reigned in the land of Edom (before a king reigned over the sons of Israel).
   
RF GEN 36:32 There reigned in Edom Bela, the son of Baur, and the name of his city was Dinahba.
   
RF GEN 36:33 And Bela died and Jobab the son of Zerakh reigned instead of him in Bozrah.
   
RF GEN 36:34 And Jobab died and Hasham reigned instead of him from the land of the Thimani.
   
RF GEN 36:35 And when Hasham died, Hadad the son of Bedad reigned instead of him, in Makah of Midian, in the land of Moab, and the name of his city was Avith.
   
RF GEN 36:36 And Hadad died, and Shamlah, from Masrakah, reigned instead of him.
   
RF GEN 36:37 And when Shamlah died, Shaul from Rakoboth on the river reigned in his stead.
   
RF GEN 36:38 And Shaul died, and Bal the Mercyful, the son of Akkor, reigned instead of him.
   
RF GEN 36:39 And Bal the Mercyful, the son of Akkor died, and Hader reigned in his stead, and the name of his city was Pau, and the name of his wife Mahitabel, the daughter of Matrod, the daughter of Mizahab."
   
RF GEN 36:40 And these are the names of the Chieftains of Esau by their families, with their Tribal names. Chief Thimnah; Chief Alva; Chief Ithath;
   
RF GEN 36:41 Chief Alibamah; Chief Alah; Chief Pinan;
   
RF GEN 36:42 Chief Kana; chief Theman; Chief Mibzar;
   
RF GEN 36:43 Chief Magdiel; Chief Airam;—These were Chieftains of Edom, with the names of the districts they possessed. Esau himself was the father of the people of Edom.
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1 NOTE.—The verses Ch. xxxvi., 31-39, are not a part of the text of Moses, but a note of an ancient editor. From internal evidence Professor the Rev. A. H. Sayce, D.D., of Oxford, suggests to me that this note was made after David's conquest of Edom, and not by. Ezra. The number of Kings named show ten generations of Monarchy, which came after the Tribal Government under Chiefs, and as the Kings were clearly elective, the certainty of long wars between each election would extend the time too much for the Tribal Commonwealth and the succeeding Monarchical period to be contained in the epoch between the death of Esau and the conquests of Moses east of the river Jordan, during which he wrote Genesis." F.F.
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