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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 MAT 28:1

The Resurrection.
After the Sabbaths, towards the dawn of the day following the Sabbaths, Mary, the Magdalene, and the other Mary, came to examine the tomb.

   
RF MAT 28:2 And a violent earthquake was then felt; for as angel from the Lord, descending from heaven, approaching the stone, rolled it from the door, and sat upon it.
   
RF MAT 28:3 His aspect resembled lightning, and his garments were white like snow;
   
RF MAT 28:4 and in dread of him the guards trembled, and became as dead.
   
RF MAT 28:5 The messenger, addressing the women, however, said, "You need fear nothing; I know that you are looking for Jesus the crucified.
   
RF MAT 28:6 He is not here; He has risen, just as He told you. Come, look at the place where the Lord lay!
   
RF MAT 28:7 Then go quickly, tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead. And at once He will precede. you into Galilee; you will see Him there, as I have told you."
   
RF MAT 28:8 In fear, mingled with intense delight, they accordingly took their departure with all speed from the tomb, and ran on to report to the disciples.
   
RF MAT 28:9 But Jesus suddenly met them, saying, "Good day to you! " and they, approaching Him, seized His feet, and paid Him homage.
   
RF MAT 28:10 "Fear not!" said Jesus to them; "go on, and acquaint My friends; so that they may return to Galilee, where they shall see Me."
   
RF MAT 28:11 Bribing The Guards.
Now while they proceeded, some of the guards at the same time, going into the city, reported all these events to the chief priests.
   
RF MAT 28:12 They accordingly assembled with the elders; and after consultation together, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,
   
RF MAT 28:13 instructing them to say, that "His disciples came at night and stole Him while we were asleep.
   
RF MAT 28:14 And if this tale should be heard by the Governor, we will make it right with him, and set you at your ease."
   
RF MAT 28:15 They accordingly took the money, and did as they were directed; and that tale is current among the Judeans until the present time.
   
RF MAT 28:16 The Farewell Charge to the Disciples.
The eleven disciples, however, went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them;
   
RF MAT 28:17 and seeing Him, they paid Him homage: but some doubted.
   
RF MAT 28:18 Then Jesus, approaching them, spoke, saying, "Every power has been given to Me in heaven, and upon earth.
   
RF MAT 28:19 Go you out, therefore, and instruct all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit;
   
RF MAT 28:20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you: and then I am with you through all time, even until the completion of the age."
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