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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 JOS 12:1 (B.C. 1451 to 1444.) Lists of the Conquests of Joshua and Moses.
Now these are the kingdoms of the country which the children of Israel conquered, and seized their territories, on the other side of Jordan towards the rising sun, from the river Arnon to Mount Hermon, and all the pastures to the east.
   
RF JOS 12:2 Sihon, king of the Amorites, who resided in Heshbon, ruling from Aroar, which is on the banks of the river Arnon, and on an island in the river, and half of Gilead, as far as the river Yabok which river bounds the Amonites,
   
RF JOS 12:3 To the pastures on the Lake of Kineroth towards the east, and to the Lake of the Pastures, the Salt Lake, easterly, as far as Yashimoth and Bethiman, below the torrents of Pisgah.
   
RF JOS 12:4 And the boundaries of Og king of Bashan were, from the border of the Rephaim, who resided in Ashteroth and Adrai,
   
RF JOS 12:5 Who ruled in Mount Hermon, and in Salkah, and in all Bashan to the boundaries of the Gheshurites, and the Makathi, and the half of Gilead: to the bounds of Sihon king of Heshbon.
   
RF JOS 12:6 Moses the servant of the EVER-LIVING, and the children of Israel conquered them, and Moses the servant of the EVER-LIVING gave them into the possession of the Reubenites, and Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
   
RF JOS 12:7 (B.C. 1451 to 1445.) Joshua's Conquest West of Jordan.
These, however, are the kingdoms of the country which Joshua and the children of Israel conquered on the west side of the Jordan, from Hal-gad to the gorges of the Lebanon, and to the Boundary Hills of the ascent to Sair, and which Joshua gave to the tribes of Israel to possess in their divisions, on the hills, and the slopes,
   
RF JOS 12:8 And on the pastures, and in the prairies, and in the desert, and in dry-lands; the Hitites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
   
RF JOS 12:9 The King of Jericho, one.
   
RF JOS 12:10 The king of Ai, who resided in Bethel, one. The king of Jerusalem, one. The king of Hebron, one.
   
RF JOS 12:11 The king of Yarmath, one. The king of Lakish, one.
   
RF JOS 12:12 The king of Aglan, one. The king of Gezer, one.
   
RF JOS 12:13 The king of Debir, one. The king of Gader, one.
   
RF JOS 12:14 The king of Harmah, one. The king of Arad, one.
   
RF JOS 12:15 The king of Libnah, one. The king of Adlam, one.
   
RF JOS 12:16 The king of Makdah, one. The king of Bethel, one.
   
RF JOS 12:17 The king of Thaphokh, one. The king of Khephir, one.
   
RF JOS 12:18 The king of Aphak, one. The king of Lashron, one.
   
RF JOS 12:19 The king of Madon, one. The king of Khatzer, one.
   
RF JOS 12:20 The king of Shimron-Merom, one. The king of Akshaf, one.
   
RF JOS 12:21 The king of Anak, one. The king of Megiddo, one.
   
RF JOS 12:22 The king of Kadesh, one. The king of Yaknan in Carmel, one.
   
RF JOS 12:23 The king of Dor in Nafath-dor, one. The king of the nations in Gilgal, one.
   
RF JOS 12:24 The king of Thirzah, one. All the kings were thirty-one.
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