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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 DAN 12:1

"And at that period, Michael, the Great Prince, who defends the children of your People, will stand up, and a period of distress will come, such as has not come from the existence of the Nation to that period, but in that period your People shall escape.—All who are written in the Book of Record.—

   
RF DAN 12:2 And many sleeping in the dust of the earth will awaken. Some to Everlasting Life;—and some to Everlasting shame and contempt.
   
RF DAN 12:3 But the Teachers will shine like Lights in space; and those who have led many to Righteousness, like Stars for ever and ever!
   
RF DAN 12:4 So you, Daniel, conceal the events, and seal the record, until the fixed period, when many will travel and knowledge will be increased."
   
RF DAN 12:5 The Vision of the Two Sentinels.
I, Daniel looked again, and saw two Sentinels stand, one on this bank of the River, and the other on that bank of the River,
   
RF DAN 12:6 and the man who was clothed in trousers, who was upon the waters of the river, asked, "How long is it to the end of these wonders?
   
RF DAN 12:7 "Then I listened to the man clothed in trousers, who was on the waters of the river, as he held up his right and left hands to the heavens, and swore by the ETERNAL LIFE, "That in a Period, and a Period, and a Half; and when they have completely broken to pieces the power of the Holy People, all these would be accomplished.
   
RF DAN 12:8 "I heard but did not understand,—so I asked, "My Lord, what will come after this?"
   
RF DAN 12:9 But he replied, "Go away, Daniel, because that is hidden and sealed until the fixed time.
   
RF DAN 12:10 Many will purify, and cleanse, and refine themselves. But the rebellious will be wicked, and none of the wicked will understand; but the Teachers will understand.
   
RF DAN 12:11 And from the Period when the Perpetual Sacrifice is taken away, and the DESOLATING BRUTE is set up, there will be One Thousand, two hundred, and ninety days.
   
RF DAN 12:12 Happy will be the Hopeful, who attain to the Thousand, Three hundred, and Thirty-five days!—
   
RF DAN 12:13 But, you, go until the Period:—for you shall rest, and stand in your place, at the end of the times."
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