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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 LEV 8:1

The Ritual of Priestly Consecration.
The EVER-LIVING also spoke to Moses, saying;—

   
RF LEV 8:2 "Take Aaron, and his sons with him, with the robes and the oil of consecration, and the bull for a sin-offering, and the two rams, and the basket of biscuits,
   
RF LEV 8:3 and the whole of the chiefs of the Parliament to the door of the Hall of Assembly."
   
RF LEV 8:4 Moses consequently did as the EVER-LIVING commanded him; and summoned the chiefs to the door of the Hall of Assembly.
   
RF LEV 8:5 Then Moses said to the chiefs, "The EVER-LIVING commands this to be done."
   
RF LEV 8:6 Then Moses took Aaron and his sons and washed them in water,
   
RF LEV 8:7 and put the vests upon them, and girt them with the girdle, and clothed them with the mantle; and put the ephod on him, and girt him with the embroidered belt of the ephod, and ephoded him with it.
   
RF LEV 8:8 Then he put on the breastplate of the Urim and Thumim;
   
RF LEV 8:9 and put the turban upon his head, and fastened upon the turban, at the front of it, the golden flower consecrated to holiness; as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
   
RF LEV 8:10 Moses next took the oil of consecration and consecrated the Tabernacle and all that was in it, and sanctified them
   
RF LEV 8:11 and sprinkled with it seven times on the altar, and consecrated the altar, and all its instruments; and the bath, and all its cans, to sanctify them;
   
RF LEV 8:12 and poured the oil of consecration on the head of Aaron, and consecrated him, to sanctify him.
   
RF LEV 8:13 Then Moses brought forward the sons of Aaron and dressed them with vests, and girt them with girdles, and bound upon them the mitres; as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
   
RF LEV 8:14 Next he brought up the bull for a sin-offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bull for a sin-offering.
   
RF LEV 8:15 Then he slew it; and Moses took some of the blood, and put it around the horns of the altar with his forefinger, to purify the altar from sin; and he poured out the rest of the blood at the side of the altar, and sanctified it with an expiation for it.
   
RF LEV 8:16 He also took the fat which is on the chest, and the other fat of the liver, and the two kidneys, with the fat upon them, which Moses burnt upon the altar.
   
RF LEV 8:17 But the bull and its skin, and its flesh, and its dung he burnt with fire; as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
   
RF LEV 8:18 Then he took the ram for the burnt-offering, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head, of the ram.
   
RF LEV 8:19 Then Moses slew it, and sprinkled some of the blood on the altar around, and divided the ram into parts.
   
RF LEV 8:20 Moses then burnt the pieces of the head, and its fat;
   
RF LEV 8:21 but the chest and the feet Moses washed in water, and burnt the whole of the ram upon the altar, as a whole burnt-offering. It was a pleasant breath given to the EVER-LIVING; as the EVER-LIVING commanded Moses.
   
RF LEV 8:22 Then he took the ram—the second ram—of consecration, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram.
   
RF LEV 8:23 Moses afterwards slew it, and took some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron's right ear, and on his right thumb, and on his right great toe; Moses also sprinkled the blood upon the altar around.
   
RF LEV 8:24 Next Moses took the sons of Aaron, and put some of the blood on the tips of their right ears, and on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the great toes of their right feet. Moses afterwards sprinkled some of the blood around the altar.
   
RF LEV 8:25 He also took the fat, and the tail, and the whole of the fat that is on the chest, and the rest of the fat, and the two kidneys with their fat, and the right leg,
   
RF LEV 8:26 and some from the basket of biscuits which was before the EVER-LIVING;—he took one biscuit, and one oil-bread cake, and one wafer, and placed them with the fats upon the right leg,
   
RF LEV 8:27 and put the whole into the hands of Aaron and the hands of his sons, and they waved them before the presence of the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 8:28 Then Moses took them from their hands, and offered them as a whole burnt-offering on the altar, as an appointment of them. It was an offering of pleasing flavor to the EVER-LIVING.
   
RF LEV 8:29 Moses then took the breast of the ram of consecration and waved it before the EVER-LIVING.-It was as a portion for Moses; as the EVER-LIVING commanded to Moses.
   
RF LEV 8:30 Moses afterwards took some of the oil of consecration, and some of the blood from the altar, and sprinkled upon Aaron, upon his sons, and upon his robes and upon the robes of his sons with him, and sanctified Aaron and his robes, and his sons, and the robes of his sons with him.
   
RF LEV 8:31 Moses also said to Aaron and his sons, "Boil the flesh at the door of the Hall of Assembly, and sit to eat it, with the bread that is upon the basket of consecration, as I have been commanded to instruct Aaron and his sons that they should eat.
   
RF LEV 8:32 But what is left of the flesh and bread burn with fire.
   
RF LEV 8:33 You shall, however, not quit the Hall of Assembly for seven days, until the days are fulfilled;—the days of your consecration;—for seven days will complete their number.
   
RF LEV 8:34 What has been done to-day, the EVER-LIVING commanded to be done, to expiate for you.
   
RF LEV 8:35 You shall remain at the door of the Hall of Assembly day and night for seven days, and guard the trust of the EVER-LIVING; and not remove; for so I have been commanded."
   
RF LEV 8:36 Aaron and his sons consequently did all the things that the EVER-LIVING commanded by the hand of Moses.
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1 The breastplate of "Light and Truth," when translated from the Hebrew.—F.F.
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