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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 JDG 12:1 (B.C. 1143.) The Ephraimites Assail Jephthah and begin a civil war.
But the men of Ephraim assembled, and advanced northward, and demanded of Jephthah, "Why did you proceed to war with the Amonites, and not invite us to go with you? We will burn your house over you with fire!"
   
RF JDG 12:2 But Jephthah replied to them; "There was a great contention between myself and the people with me, and the Beni-Amon and I applied to you, but you did not save me from their power.
   
RF JDG 12:3 When I saw that you would not save, I took my life in my hand, and advanced against the Amonites, and the EVER-LIVING gave them into my power. Then why do you ascend today against me to fight with me?"
   
RF JDG 12:4 (B.C. 1142.) Jephthah defeats Ephraim with great slaughter.
Consequently Jephthah assembled all the army of Gilad and fought the Ephraimites, and the men of Gilad defeated Ephraim. Then the men of Gilad said to themselves; "Ephraim will escape between the Ephraimites and Manassites!"
   
RF JDG 12:5 so they captured the fords of the Jordan from Ephraim, and when any one of the fugitives of Ephraim said, "I wish to pass over," the men of Gilad replied to him, "Are you an Ephraimite?"
   
RF JDG 12:6 and if he answered, "No," they replied to him, "Say Shiboleth,'" and he responded, "Siboleth," for he was not able to pronounce it. Then they seized and slew him at the fords the Jordan, so there fell at that time forty-two thousand of the Ephraimites.
   
RF JDG 12:7 Jephthah afterwards judged in Israel for six years. Then Jephthah the Giladite died and was buried in the City of Gilad.
   
RF JDG 12:8 (B.C. 1137.) Ibzan becomes a Leader.
After him Ibzan, the Bethlehemite, judged in Israel,
   
RF JDG 12:9 and he had thirty sons, and thirty daughters sent out, and thirty daughters came in to his sons from without, and he judged Israel seven years.
   
RF JDG 12:10 Then Ibzan died and they buried him in Bethlehem.
   
RF JDG 12:11 (B.C. 1130.) Ailan becomes a leader.
Then Ailan the Zebulonite judged in Israel after him, and he judged in Israel ten years.
   
RF JDG 12:12 Then Ailon the Zebulonite died, and they buried him in the country of Zebulon.
   
RF JDG 12:13 (B.C. 1120. ) Abdon ben-Hilel becomes a Leader.
But after him Abdon-ben-Hilel the Phirathanite judged in Israel,
   
RF JDG 12:14 and he had forty sons and thirty grandsons who rode on seventy asses, and he judged in Israel eight years.
   
RF JDG 12:15 (B.C. 1112.) Then Abdon-ben-Hilel the Phirathanite died, and they buried him in Phirathan in the country of Ephraim, in the mount of the Amalekites.
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1 From the death of Gideon in 1426 B.C. to the rise of Saul absolute anarchy seems, from the Historian's narrative, to have existed in all the Hebrew Commonwealth, from the Euphrates on the East to the Mediterranean Sea on the West, only diversified by the ravages of the Arabian and Mesopotamian Robber Chieftains, and the revolt of the aboriginal tribes whom Moses and Joshua had subdued. The JUDGES whose names were selected by Isaiah to serve as landmarks for the chronology of his history were only Hebrew Insurgent Leaders, who ruled by personal influence in small districts of the country around their homes so long as vigour and life lasted. They must not be looked upon as in any sense National Presidents of the Commonwealth of Israel. The Historian is careful to make this clear in his narrative. It is only comparatively modern Translators and Commentators who have obscured the fact by their ignorance. I have tried to clear their obscurities away, and restore the history of Isaiah to the original claritude of the Prophet. At Ch. 13. we step back to 1161, to introduce the history of Samson, whose career began a revival of the Hebrew national spirit.—F. FENTON.
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