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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.

   
MFT MAR 15:1

Immediately morning came, the high priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and all the Sanhedrin, and after binding Jesus they led him off and handed him over to Pilate.

   
MFT MAR 15:2 Pilate asked him, "Are you the king of the Jews?" He replied, "Certainly."
   
MFT MAR 15:3 Then the high priest brought many accusations against him,
   
MFT MAR 15:4 and once more Pilate asked him, "Have you no reply to make? Look at all their charges against you."
   
MFT MAR 15:5 But, to the astonishment of Pilate, Jesus answered no more.
   
MFT MAR 15:6 Now at festival time he used to release for them some prisoner whom they begged from him.
   
MFT MAR 15:7 (There was a man called Bar-Abbas in prison, among the rioters who had committed murder during the insurrection.)
   
MFT MAR 15:8 So the crowd pressed up and started to ask him for his usual boon.
   
MFT MAR 15:9 Pilate replied, "Would you like me to release the king of the Jews for you?"
   
MFT MAR 15:10 (For he knew the high priests had handed him over out of envy.)
   
MFT MAR 15:11 But the high priests stirred up the crowd to get him to release Bar-Abbas for them instead.
   
MFT MAR 15:12 Pilate asked them again, "And what am I to do with your so-called king of the Jews?"
   
MFT MAR 15:13 Whereupon they shouted again, "Crucify him."
   
MFT MAR 15:14 "Why," said Pilate, "what has he done wrong?" But they shouted more fiercely than ever, "Crucify him!"
   
MFT MAR 15:15 So, as Pilate wanted to satisfy the crowd, he released Bar-Abbas for them; Jesus he handed over to be crucified, after he had scourged him.
   
MFT MAR 15:16 The soldiers took him inside the courtyard (that is, the praetorium) and got all the regiment together;
   
MFT MAR 15:17 then they dressed him in purple, put on his head a crown of thorns which they had plaited,
   
MFT MAR 15:18 and began to salute him with, "Hail, O king of the Jews!"
   
MFT MAR 15:19 They struck him on the head with a stick and spat upon him and bent their knees to him in homage.
   
MFT MAR 15:20 Then, after making fun of him, they stripped off the purple, put on his own clothes, and took him away to crucify him.
   
MFT MAR 15:21 They forced Simon a Cyrenian who was passing on his way from the country (the father of Alexander and Rufus) to carry his cross,
   
MFT MAR 15:22 and they led him to the place called Golgotha (which means the place of a skull).
   
MFT MAR 15:23 They offered him wine flavoured with myrrh, but he would not take it.
   
MFT MAR 15:24 Then they crucified him and distributed his clothes among themselves, drawing lots for them to decide each man's share.
   
MFT MAR 15:25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.
   
MFT MAR 15:26 The inscription bearing his charge was: THE KING OF THE JEWS.
   
MFT MAR 15:27 They also crucified two robbers along with him, one at his right and one at his left.
   
MFT MAR 15:28 --
   
MFT MAR 15:29 Those who passed by scoffed at him, nodding at him in derision and calling, "Ha! You were to destroy the temple and build it in three days!
   
MFT MAR 15:30 Come down from the cross and save yourself!"
   
MFT MAR 15:31 So, too, the high priests made fun of him to themselves with the scribes; "he saved others," they said, "but he cannot save himself!
   
MFT MAR 15:32 Let 'the Christ,' 'the king of Israel' come down now from the cross! Let us see that and we will believe!" Those who were crucified with him also denounced him.
   
MFT MAR 15:33 When twelve o'clock came, darkness covered the whole land till three o'clock,
   
MFT MAR 15:34 and at three o'clock Jesus gave a loud cry, "Elôi, Elôi, lema sabachthanei" (which means, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?)
   
MFT MAR 15:35 On hearing this some of the bystanders said, "Look, he is calling for Elijah."
   
MFT MAR 15:36 One man ran off, soaked a sponge in vinegar, and put it on the end of a stick to give him a drink, saying, "Come on, let us see if Elijah does come to take him down!"
   
MFT MAR 15:37 But Jesus gave a loud cry and expired.
   
MFT MAR 15:38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
   
MFT MAR 15:39 Now when the army-captain who stood facing him saw that he expired in this way, he said, "This man was certainly a son of God."
   
MFT MAR 15:40 There were some women also watching at a distance, among them Mary of Magdala, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome,
   
MFT MAR 15:41 women who had followed him when he was in Galilee and waited on him, besides a number of other women who had accompanied him to Jerusalem.
   
MFT MAR 15:42 By this time it was evening, and as it was the day of Preparation (that is, the day before the sabbath)
   
MFT MAR 15:43 Joseph of Arimathaea, a councillor of good position who himself was on the outlook for the Reign of God, ventured to go to Pilate and ask for the body of Jesus.
   
MFT MAR 15:44 Pilate was surprised that he was dead already; he summoned the captain and asked if he had been dead some time,
   
MFT MAR 15:45 and on ascertaining this from the captain he bestowed the corpse on Joseph.
   
MFT MAR 15:46 He, after buying a linen sheet, took him down and swathed him in the linen, laying him in a tomb which had been cut out of the rock and rolling a boulder up against the opening of the tomb.
   
MFT MAR 15:47 Now Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Joses noted where he was laid.
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