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Revised Fenton

The Holy Bible in Modern English. Revised Edition.
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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 8:1 Now Benjamin begot, Bela, his firstborn, Ashbal the second, and Akhrakh, the third.
   
RF CH1 8:2 Nokbah, the fourth, and Refa, the fifth.
   
RF CH1 8:3 And Bela had 'sons;—Adar, and Nera, and Abihud,
   
RF CH1 8:4 and Abishua. and Naman, and Althokh,
   
RF CH1 8:5 and Gera, and Shafufan, and Khoram.—
   
RF CH1 8:6 These are a few descendants;—those of them who are Ancestral Chiefs to the settlers in Geba whom they emigrated with to Makhath,
   
RF CH1 8:7 when Naman, and Akhukham, and Gera, emigrated together; he also begot Azah, and Ahikhud.
   
RF CH1 8:8 He also begot Mulattos in the plain of Moab, from imported Kushites and from his barbarian wives.
   
RF CH1 8:9 So he begot from Khodsh, his wife, Jobab, Zibia, and Misha, and Malkam;
   
RF CH1 8:10 Javatz, and Shabia, and Mirmah.—These sons of his were Ancestral Chiefs.
   
RF CH1 8:11 And from the Khushites he begot, Abitub, and Alfal.
   
RF CH1 8:12 And the sons of Alfal were Aber, and Misham, and Shanar, —he founded Auno,—and Lod, and its hamlets.
   
RF CH1 8:13 And Beriah and Shana, were the Ancestral Chiefs of the settlers in Ailon, whence they expelled the settlers from Gath.
   
RF CH1 8:14 And Akhio, and Shashak, and Iremoth,
   
RF CH1 8:15 Zebadiah, and Arad, and Adar,
   
RF CH1 8:16 and Mikal, and Ishfah, and Jokha,—were sons of Beriah.
   
RF CH1 8:17 And Zebadiah and Meshalum, and Hizekiah, and Kheber;
   
RF CH1 8:18 and Ishmeri, and Izliah, and Jobab, were sons of Alfal;
   
RF CH1 8:19 and Jakim, and Zikri, and Zabdi;
   
RF CH1 8:20 and Aliaim; and Zilthi, and Alial-;
   
RF CH1 8:21 and Adiah and Beriah, and Shimrath, were sons of Shimi;
   
RF CH1 8:22 and Ishfan, and Aber, and Alial;
   
RF CH1 8:23 and Abdon, and Zikri, and Khanan;
   
RF CH1 8:24 and Khananiah, and Ailain, and Anthothiah;
   
RF CH1 8:25 and Ifdiah, and Finial, were sons of Shashak.
   
RF CH1 8:26 And Shamsheri, and Shakheriah, and Athaliah,
   
RF CH1 8:27 and Jarshiah, and Aliah, and Zikri, were sons of Jerokham.
   
RF CH1 8:28 These were Ancestral Chiefs. Chiefs to their descendants. They resided in Jerusalem.
   
RF CH1 8:29 But in Ghibaon resided Beni Ghibaon, and the name of his wife was Makah,
   
RF CH1 8:30 and his firstborn son was Abdon, then Tzur, and Kish, and Bal, and Nadab,
   
RF CH1 8:31 and Geder, and Akhio, and Zakur,
   
RF CH1 8:32 and Mikloth who begat Sheniah;—and they resided in Jerusalem beside their relatives.
   
RF CH1 8:33 And Ner begot Kish, and Kish begot Shaul, and Shaul begot Jhonathan, and Melkishua, and Abinadab and Ashbal.
   
RF CH1 8:34 And the son of Jhonathan was Meribal, and Meribal begot Mikah.
   
RF CH1 8:35 And the sons of Mikah were, Fithon, and Melek, and Thara, and Akhaz;
   
RF CH1 8:36 and Akhaz begot Jhoadah, and Jhoadah begot Alamath, and Azmavith, and Zimri, and Zimri begot Motza;
   
RF CH1 8:37 and Motza begot Binah, his son was Refa,—his son Alashah, his son Atzal.
   
RF CH1 8:38 And Atzal had six sons; and these are their names;—Azrikam, his firstborn, and Ishmaal, and Shariah, and Obadiah, and Khanan; —all these were the sons of Atzal.
   
RF CH1 8:39 And the sons of Ashk, his brother, were Aulam, his firstborn Jabash, the second, Alifalet, the third.
   
RF CH1 8:40 And the sons of Aulam became men of great distinction for skill with the bow, and he had many sons and a hundred and fifty grandchildren.—All these were of the Beni Benjamin.
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