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 JOH 20:1||
The First Evidence of the Resurrection.
|RF JOH 20:2||She therefore came running to Simon Peter, and the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them: "They have taken away the Master out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have placed Him."|
|RF JOH 20:3||Peter therefore went out, along with the other disciple, and came to the tomb.|
|RF JOH 20:4||They started running together; but the other disciple running more quickly than Peter, arrived first at the tomb,|
|RF JOH 20:5||and stooping down, he observed the winding-sheet lying there; he did not, however, enter.|
|RF JOH 20:6||Then Simon Peter, who was following him, also arrived, and entered into the tomb; when he saw how the grave clothes lay,|
|RF JOH 20:7||as well as the napkin which had been upon His head, not lying with the winding-sheet, but folded up apart in a place by itself.|
|RF JOH 20:8||The other disciple, who arrived first, then also entered the tomb, and saw and believed.|
|RF JOH 20:9||[For they did not as yet understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead.]|
|RF JOH 20:10||These disciples accordingly returned to their own companions.|
|RF JOH 20:11|| Jesus Appears to Mary the Magdalene.
Mary, however, stood outside, near the sepulchre, weeping. So crying, as she was, she stooped down to look into the tomb,
|RF JOH 20:12||when she saw two angels in white, sitting, one at the head, the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.|
|RF JOH 20:13||Addressing her, they asked, "Why, woman, are you weeping?'" Because they have taken away my Lord," was her answer, "and I do not know where they have placed Him."|
|RF JOH 20:14||Having said this, she turned round, and saw Jesus Himself standing there, and did not perceive that it was Jesus.|
|RF JOH 20:15||Jesus said to her, "Woman, why do you weep? What do you seek? "She, thinking that it was the gardener, said to Him: "Sir, if You have removed Him from here, tell me where You have placed Him, and I will take Him away."|
|RF JOH 20:16||Jesus addressed her: "Mary!" Turning round, she exclaimed in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" which means "Master!"|
|RF JOH 20:17||Jesus said to her, "Touch Me not, because I have not as yet ascended to the Father. Go to My brothers, however, and tell them, 'I go up to My Father and your Father; and My God and your God!"|
|RF JOH 20:18||Mary the Magdalene came reporting to the disciples: "I have seen the Lord "; and what He had said to her.|
|RF JOH 20:19|| Manifestation to the Ten.
On the evening therefore of that same day, the first after the Sabbaths, the doors having been shut where the disciples were, owing to dread of the Judeans, Jesus came and stood among them, and said to them: "Peace to you!"
|RF JOH 20:20||And having said this, He showed them His hands as well as His side. The disciples were accordingly delighted at seeing the LORD.|
|RF JOH 20:21||He therefore said to them again: "Peace to you! As the Father sent Me, so in the same way I send you."|
|RF JOH 20:22|| And having said this, He infused Himself into them,2 and said, "Receive Holy Spirit."
1.This is literally according to the Greek text: and it is important to observe that at that particular period, two Sabbaths, or days of sacred rest, actually fell together in the Jewish calendar. The Crucifixion took place on Thursday, [Editors note: Wednesday] not on a Friday, as is popularly supposed. This allows for the Lord Jesus having been held in the grip of death for three full days and three nights. (See Introduction to Westcott and Hort's Greek Testament.) This was Thursday, March 17th A.D. 29.
2. Gen 2 End of verse 7.
|RF JOH 20:23||If you expel sins from any, they will be free. If you subdue them, they shall be subdued."|
|RF JOH 20:24|| Manifestation to Thomas and Others.
Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.
|RF JOH 20:25||The other disciples therefore told him: "We have seen the Lord." In reply to them, however, he said: "Unless I can see the impression of the nails in His hands, and can put my finger in the nail-holes, and can put my hand into His side, I shall certainly never believe it."|
|RF JOH 20:26||Eight days afterwards, the disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus appeared standing among them,|
|RF JOH 20:27||and said: "Peace to you." Then to Thomas He said: "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands, and reach your hand, and thrust it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but a believer."|
|RF JOH 20:28||"My LORD and my God!" exclaimed Thomas, in reply to Him.|
|RF JOH 20:29||"Because you have seen Me, you have believed," answered Jesus; "happy they who have not seen, yet are believers."|
|RF JOH 20:30||Many other evidences were also produced by Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not recorded in this narrative.|
|RF JOH 20:31||But these are recorded in order that you may believe that He is the Messiah, the Son of God; and believing, that you might become possessed of life by means of His power.|