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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 MAR 16:1

The Resurrection of Jesus.
Now when the Sabbath was over, Mary the Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought aromatic spices, so that they might embalm him.

   
RF MAR 16:2 And at very early dawn, following the Sabbaths,1 they came to the tomb as the sun was rising.
   
RF MAR 16:3 And they were saying among themselves, "Who will roll away for us the stone from the entrance of the tomb?"
   
RF MAR 16:4 Looking about, however, they saw that the stone had been rolled back; for it was very large.
   
RF MAR 16:5 Then entering the tomb, they saw a youth seated upon the right, attired in a robe of light; and they were awestruck.
   
RF MAR 16:6 "Be not startled," he said to them; "you search for Jesus, the Nazarene, the Crucified. He is risen; He is not here; look at the spot where they laid Him!
   
RF MAR 16:7 Go, however, tell His disciples and Peter that He will go before you into Galilee; you will see Him there, as He told you."
   
RF MAR 16:8 Then, hastening out, they ran from the tomb; for possessed as they were by trembling and ecstasy, they said nothing to any one—they were afraid, for
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Note. The following fourteen verses are omitted from the older MSS. They differ greatly in style and language from the rest of the book and on this account it has been supposed that they were added by a later hand. Alford expresses the opinion that in all probability they formed no part of Mark's Gospel. " (see also Westcott and Hort's Greek Testament.) I would suggest that these three so called endings of St. Mark's Gospel are simply notes of ancient copyists or editors. F.F.
   
RF MAR 16:9 The First to See Him.
[[However, having risen at the dawn of the first day following the Sabbath, He first appeared to Mary the Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.
   
RF MAR 16:10 She went and reported it to His companions, as they were mourning and weeping.
   
RF MAR 16:11 But they, when they heard that He lived, and had been seen by her, disbelieved it.
   
RF MAR 16:12 After this, however, when two of them were walking along, going out into the country, He was manifested in another form.
   
RF MAR 16:13 And they, turning back, reported it to the others; but neither did they believe them.
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1 See note on John 20.1
   
RF MAR 16:14 The Appearance to the Eleven.
At last, He was manifested to the eleven themselves, as they were seated together at a meal; and He reproached them with their unbelief and hardheartedness, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He was risen.
   
RF MAR 16:15 And He said to them, "GO out into all parts of the world, and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.
   
RF MAR 16:16 The one who believes and is baptized shall be saved; but the unbelieving shall be condemned.
   
RF MAR 16:17 And to the believing these signs shall follow: They shall cast out demons in My name; they shall speak in new languages;
   
RF MAR 16:18 they shall handle serpents; and if they were to drink poison, it would not in any way injure them; they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and fully restore them to strength."]]
   
RF MAR 16:19 The Ascension.
[[Now after the Lord Jesus had discoursed with them, He was taken up into heaven, and took His seat at God's right hand.
   
RF MAR 16:20 And they went out, and proclaimed it everywhere, the Lord energizing them, and confirming the Message by the signs which followed.]]
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ANOTHER TERMINATION. [But they reported all these events briefly to those about Peter. After that, however, Jesus Himself sent out by them the holy and incorruptible proclamation of the Everlasting Salvation, from the East to the West.1]]
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1 Note.—St. Mark's Gospel is almost as entirely historical as St. John's is doctrinal, and shows that the ministry of our Saviour had captured the mass of the Jewish people, and had not fallen dead and resultless, as so many irreflective writers have asserted. His Divine mission succeeded in every object intended by God, His Sender, and is still doing so.—F.F.
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