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 ACT 6:1||
The Election of Deacons.
|RF ACT 6:2||The twelve then convened the body of the disciples, and said, "It is not desirable that we should have to neglect the Divine teaching, in order to attend to mere money matters;|
|RF ACT 6:3||therefore, brothers, choose from among yourselves seven men of attested character, full of spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint to look after this business.|
|RF ACT 6:4||But we will ourselves constantly attend to prayer, and to the office of teaching."|
|RF ACT 6:5||And the suggestion pleased the whole assembly: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of holy spirit; Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicolas, a convert from Antioch,|
|RF ACT 6:6||whom they presented to the apostles; and having prayed, they laid their hands upon them.|
|RF ACT 6:7||And the message of God extended; and in Jerusalem the number of disciples greatly increased; besides which, very many of the priests were subdued to the faith.|
|RF ACT 6:8|| Arrest of Stephen
Stephen, especially, full of active benevolence, produced great and wonderful evidences for the people.
|RF ACT 6:9||Some of those, however, belonging to the synagogue known as that of the Libertinites, as well as of the Cyrenians, Alexandrians, together with some from Cilicia and Asia Minor, debated with Stephen.|
|RF ACT 6:10||But they were not able to withstand the intelligence and the spirit with which he spoke.|
|RF ACT 6:11||They accordingly bribed men to say, "We have heard him utter slanderous statements against both Moses and God."|
|RF ACT 6:12||And they incited the people, the is elders, and the professors. And, coming upon him, they arrested him and brought him before the senate;|
|RF ACT 6:13||and produced false witnesses asserting, "This man never ceases making statements against this Sacred Place and the Law;|
|RF ACT 6:14||for we have heard him say that this Jesus the Nazarene will demolish this Place, and change the constitution which has been transmitted to us from Moses."|
|RF ACT 6:15||Then all who were seated in the senate, looking intently upon him, saw that his face had the appearance of the face of an angel.|