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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 CH1 2:1

THE SONS OF ISRAEL.
These were the sons of Israel; Reuben, Shimeon, Levi, and Judah, Issakar, and Zebulon;

   
RF CH1 2:2 Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin; Naphtali, Gad and Ashur.
   
RF CH1 2:3 THE SONS OF JUDAH.
Aunan, and Shelah; the three born to him by Bathshua, the Canaanitess. But the firstborn of Judah was bad in the sight of the LORD, and He caused him to die.
   
RF CH1 2:4 Then Thamar his daughter-in-law bore Paraz and Zarah to him.—All the sons of Judah were five.
   
RF CH1 2:5 Of the Beni Pharaz were Hatzron, and Hamal.
   
RF CH1 2:6 Zimri, and Aithom, and Hamian, and Kalkol, Dara;—All of them five.
   
RF CH1 2:7 And of the sons of Karmi was—Akar, the Troubler of Israel, when he carried off the devoted property.
   
RF CH1 2:8 And of the Beni Aithan, A zariah.
   
RF CH1 2:9 And of the Beni Hatzron, who were born to him, were Irakhmal and Ram, and Kelubi.
   
RF CH1 2:10 And Ram begot Aminadab, and Aminadab, Nakshon, a Prince of the Beni Judah.
   
RF CH1 2:11 And Nakshon begot Salma, and Salma begot Boaz,
   
RF CH1 2:12 and Boaz begot Oubed, and Oubed begot Jeshai,
   
RF CH1 2:13 and Jeshai begot his firstborn Aliab, and Abinadab, the second, and Shemia, the third,
   
RF CH1 2:14 Nathanal, the fourth, Radi, the fifth,
   
RF CH1 2:15 Atzam, the sixth, David the seventh,
   
RF CH1 2:16 and their sisters were Zeruiah, and Abigail. And the sons of Zeruiah were three, Abishai, and Joab, and Ashabel.
   
RF CH1 2:17 And Abigail bore Amasa, and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.
   
RF CH1 2:18 And Kaleb-ben-Zeruiah begot Azubah of his wife, Ishah, and Jeraioth. And Jasher, and Shobab, and Arden, were also her sons.
   
RF CH1 2:19 When Azubah died, Kaleb married Afrah, and she bore him Hur.
   
RF CH1 2:20 And Hur begot Auri, and Auri begot Betzalal.
   
RF CH1 2:21 And after Hazron came to the Daughter of Makir, the father of Gilad, and married her, when he was sixty years old, and she bore him Segub.
   
RF CH1 2:22 And Segub begot fair, who had twenty-three villages in the land of Gilad.
   
RF CH1 2:23 But Gheshur and Aram took the villages of Jair from them, with Kenath and its hamlets,—sixty villages. All these were sons of Makir father of Gilad.
   
RF CH1 2:24 And after the death of Hozren, in Kaleb-Efrathah, the wife of Hezron, bore Ashkur, the father of Tekoa to him.
   
RF CH1 2:25 The sons of Jeramhal were, the firstborn, Hazron, Ram, Bunah, and Arad, and Azam, and Akhiah.
   
RF CH1 2:26 There also was another wife of Jeramal, whose name was Atarah. She was the mother of Annam.
   
RF CH1 2:27 And the son of Ram,—The firstborn of Jeramhal, Matz, and Jamin and Aker.
   
RF CH1 2:28 And these were the sons of Annam; Shamai, Jada; And the sons of Shamai; Nadab, and Abishur.
   
RF CH1 2:29 And the name of the wife of Abishur was Abikhil, and she bore to him Akieban, and Molid.
   
RF CH1 2:30 And the sons of Nadab, were Selad and Afaini; but Selad died without children.
   
RF CH1 2:31 And the sons of Afaini were, Ishi, and the son of Ishi was Sheshan, and the son of Sheshan Akhli.
   
RF CH1 2:32 And the sons of Jada, the brother of Shami, were Jether, and Jonothan. But. Jether died childless.
   
RF CH1 2:33 And the sons of Jonothan were, Feleth, and Zoza; These were the sons of Jeramhal.
   
RF CH1 2:34 But to Shishan there were no children except daughters. But Shishan had a Mitzerite Slave whose name was Jarkha,
   
RF CH1 2:35 and Shishan gave his daughter to jarkha his slave for a wife, and she bore Athi to him.
   
RF CH1 2:36 And Athi begot Nathan, and Nathan begot Zabar,
   
RF CH1 2:37 and Zabar begot Aflal, and Aflal begot Aubed,
   
RF CH1 2:38 and Aubed begot Jhava, and Jhava begot Azariah,
   
RF CH1 2:39 and Azariah begot Khaletz, and Khaletz begot Alashah,
   
RF CH1 2:40 and Alashah begot Sisini, and Sisini begot Shalum,
   
RF CH1 2:41 and Shalum begot Jakimah, and Jakimah begot Alishama.
   
RF CH1 2:42 And the sons of Kaleb, brother of Jerkamal, were Misha, his firstborn, he was the father of Zif, and the son of Marsha, the father of Hebron.
   
RF CH1 2:43 And the sons of Hebron, Korah, and Thakfukh, and Rekem, and Ishama.
   
RF CH1 2:44 And Ishama begot Rakham, the father of Jarkam; and Jarkam begot Shamai;
   
RF CH1 2:45 and the son of Shamai was Maon, and Maon was the father of Bethzur.
   
RF CH1 2:46 And Aifah, the secondary wife of Kaleb bore Shaber and Nfotza and Gazaz, and Kharan begot another Gazaz.
   
RF CH1 2:47 And the sons of Jandi were Regem, and Jotham, Ghishan, and Felet, and Aitah, and Shaf.
   
RF CH1 2:48 Makah, a secondary wife of Kaleb, bore Shaber, and Mirkamah;
   
RF CH1 2:49 she also bore, Shaf the father of Mad-bankh, Shava, the father of Gibaa, and the daughter of Kaleb, Aksah.
   
RF CH1 2:50 These were the sons of Kaleb-ben-Hur. The firstborn Afrathah, and Shobal, the father of Krith jarim;
   
RF CH1 2:51 Shalim, the father of Bethlehem; Kharef, the father of Geth-Gadez.
   
RF CH1 2:52 And Shobal the founder of Krith Jarim made other colonies,—The Rah-Khatzi, the Menukoth,
   
RF CH1 2:53 and the clans in Krith-Jarim, of the Jetheri, and Puthi, and Shumathi, and Mis-hari; from whom went out the Tzarathi, and the Ashthali.
   
RF CH1 2:54 Shalma founded also Bethlehem, and the Natofathi, Atroth, Beth-Joab, and the parts of the Manakthi, the Tzarathi,
   
RF CH1 2:55 and the families of the Writers who resided in Jabetz, the Doorkeepers, the Tutors and the Weavers, who were Kenites, who came from Hamath, a colony of the House of Rekab.1
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1. NOTE.—Ch. 2, V. 55. From much of the above it is clear that the words " Son " and " Father " in Hebrew, and in Hebrew Genealogies, do not always mean, as with individuals, bodily Sons and Fathers, but frequently colonies, or villages founded or built by a man. Forgetfulness of this linguistic fact has led to endless blunders in Chronology, and even in Theology. But it should never be lost sight of in studying the Scriptures.—F.F.
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