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 17:1||
The Law of Excommunication for the Unauthorized Sacrificing.
|RF LEV 17:2||"Speak to Aaron and his sons, with all the children of Israel, and say to them;—"This is the thing that the EVER-LIVING has commanded to be said;|
|RF LEV 17:3||Any man of the house of Israel who slays a bullock, or sheep, or goat, at the altar; or who slays it outside the camp, or at the door of the Hall of Assembly,|
|RF LEV 17:4||who comes not to offer a gift to the EVER-LIVING, before the dwelling of the EVER-LIVING; blood shall be imputed to that man; blood spilt;—that man shall be excommunicated from association with his People.|
|RF LEV 17:5||So that, instead of the children of Israel going to their altars that they have in the open fields, they must bring their offerings to the EVER-LIVING at the door of the Hall of Assembly, to the priest, that he may offer for them to the EVER-LIVING;—|
|RF LEV 17:6||and the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the EVER-LIVING at the door of the Hall of Assembly, and burn the fat with incense, as a delightful breath to the EVER-LIVING.|
|RF LEV 17:7||"For you shall never sacrifice your sacrifices to demons that you whore after.—This is an everlasting command to them, and their posterity.|
|RF LEV 17:8||"Say also to them; Any man of the House of Israel, or of the foreigners who reside among them, who offers a burnt-offering or sacrifice,|
|RF LEV 17:9||and does not cause it to be brought to the door of the Hall of Assembly to offer it to the EVER-LIVING, that man shall be excommunicated from his people. And every person of the children of Israel,|
|RF LEV 17:10||or of the foreigners who reside amongst them, who eats any blood, or places before Me what he has eaten with the life-blood in it; I will cause him to be excommunicated from association with the nation for the life of the body is in its blood,|
|RF LEV 17:11||and I have given it to you for the altar, to expiate for your sins;—for the blood with its life expiates.|
|RF LEV 17:12||Therefore I say to the children of Israel;—No person of you shall eat the blood; and the foreigner that resides among you shall not eat blood.|
|RF LEV 17:13|| Law for Huntsmen.
Any person also from the children of Israel, or from the foreigners who reside among you, who hunts animal or bird, that he may eat it, shall also pour out the blood and cover it with dust, because the life of all flesh is in its blood, as its life.
|RF LEV 17:14||Therefore say to the children of Israel you shall not eat the life with the blood of any flesh; for the life of all flesh is in its blood. All eating of it, shall be excommunicated.|
|RF LEV 17:15||And every person who eats of a dead carcase, or one torn, or mangled, or worried, shall wash his clothes, and bathe in water, and be unclean until the evening—and then clean,—|
|RF LEV 17:16||but if he does not wash his body or bathe, he shall bear his sin."|