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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 CH2 22:1 (885 B.C.) Ahaziah Elected King.
Then the Population of Jerusalem elected Ahaziah his youngest son in his place, for all the elder ones had been murdered by the troops who came with the Army of the Arabians. So Ahaziah,-ben-Jehoram reigned in Judea.
   
RF CH2 22:2 (885 B.C.) Ahaziah's Wicked Reign.
Ahaziah was twenty-two years old at his coronation, and reigned one year in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Athaliah, the daughter of Amri.
   
RF CH2 22:3 He also followed the courses of the House of Ahab, for his mother was his wicked adviser.
   
RF CH2 22:4 He consequently did evil in the eyes of the EVER-LIVING, like the House of Ahab, for they were his counselors after the death of his father, and destroyed him.
   
RF CH2 22:5 So he followed their advice, and went with Jehoram,-ben-Ahab, King of Israel, to fight against the King of Aram at Ramoth-Gilad, where the Aramites wounded Jehoram,
   
RF CH2 22:6 who returned to Jezreel to be cured of the wounds which he had received at Ramoth in his fight with Hazahel, King of Aram. So Azariah,-ben-Jehoram, King of Judea, descended to see Jehoram,-ben-Akhab in Jezreel, where he was an invalid.
   
RF CH2 22:7 But the degradation of Ahaziah came from GOD by his going to Jehoram, for on his visit he went out with Jehoram against Jehu,-ben-Nimshi, whom the EVER-LIVING had consecrated to cut off the House of Ahab.
   
RF CH2 22:8 For it happened that when Jehu was executing the family of Ahab, he found the Nobles of Judea, and the sons of the brothers of Ahaziah attending to Ahaziah, and he murdered them.
   
RF CH2 22:9 He also searched out Ahaziah and captured him, for he was hidden in Shomeron, and he was brought to Jehu, who killed him. But they buried him, for they said, "He was descended from Jehoshaphat, who sought the EVER-LIVING with all his heart." Thus none of the family of Ahaziah attained power in the Government.
   
RF CH2 22:10 (881 B.C.) Athaliah Murders her Husband's Children.
When Athaliah, the mother of Ahaziah, saw that her son was dead, she arose with intention to destroy all the Royal race of the House of Judah,
   
RF CH2 22:11 but the Royal Princess Jhoshabath, took Joash, the son of Ahaziah, and stole him from amongst the children of the King who were being killed, and placed him and his nurse in a bed-chamber. Thus Jhoshabath, the daughter of King Jehoram, the wife of Jehoiada the Priest, concealed him, (for she was sister of Ahaziah), from Athaliah, so that he was not killed,
   
RF CH2 22:12 but was hidden with them for six years, while Athaliah was Queen over the country.
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