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."
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 LEV 1:1||
Ritual of Burnt Offerings.
|RF LEV 1:2||"Speak to the children of Israel and say to them; A man of you who would offer an offering to the EVER-LIVING, can offer it from the herd, or from the fold, or from the flock.|
|RF LEV 1:3||"If they offer a burnt offering from the fold, it shall be a perfect male. It shall be offered at the door of the Tent of Assembly, as a pleasure to him before the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 1:4||Then he shall lay his hand upon the head of the sacrifice and present it before the EVER-LIVING to expiate for himself;|
|RF LEV 1:5||and he must slay the son of the fold before the EVER-LIVING. Then the sons of Aaron the priest shall approach the blood, and sprinkle some of the blood around over the altar, that is at the door of the Hall of Assembly|
|RF LEV 1:6||Afterwards he shall skin the sacrifice and divide it into parts.|
|RF LEV 1:7||Then the sons of Aaron the priest shall lay the parts of the head and fat in order upon the wood and put fire upon the altar, the feet in water|
|RF LEV 1:8||and arrange wood upon the fire that is on the altar,|
|RF LEV 1:9||after washing the inwards and the priest shall burn the whole of them on the altar as a sweet delightful perfume to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 1:10||But if he offers from the sheep or from the lambs, or from the goats, he shall offer as a burnt offering a perfect male;|
|RF LEV 1:11||and slay it at the north side of the altar before the EVER-LIVING, and the sons of Aaron the priest shall sprinkle some of its blood around the altar.|
|RF LEV 1:12||Then he shall divide it into parts; and the priest shall arrange its head and its fat upon the wood that is upon the fire that is on the altar.|
|RF LEV 1:13||Then he shall wash its inwards and legs in water, and the priest shall offer the whole of them with incense upon the altar of burnt offering, as a sweet breath delightful to the EVER-LIVING."|
|RF LEV 1:14||But if he sacrifices a gift from the birds to the EVER-LIVING let him offer his gift from the turtle doves or the young of pigeons;|
|RF LEV 1:15||and the priest shall take it to the altar and wring off, its head, and perfume the altar, and present its blood at the side of the altar,|
|RF LEV 1:16||and pull out its crop and feathers; and throw them to the eastern side of the altar into the receptacle for the fat.|
|RF LEV 1:17||Then the priest shall cleave it,—not separate—and perfume the altar for it, offering it upon the wood which is on the fire; —it is sweet smell delightful to the EVER-LIVING."|