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 JOS 20:1||(B.C. 1428.) The EVER-LIVING afterwards spoke to Joshua, commanding;—|
|RF JOS 20:2||"Speak to the children of Israel to say, 'Fix for yourselves the Cities of Refuge, which I commanded you by the medium of Moses,|
|RF JOS 20:3||so that the man-slayer who has struck a life by accident unintentionally may fly there, so that you may have a refuge for yourselves from the avenger of blood,|
|RF JOS 20:4||by flying to one of those cities. He can then stand in the Open Court of the city, and state in the hearing of the magistrates of that town his case, when they shall admit him to the town to themselves, and appoint him a place and residence with them.|
|RF JOS 20:5||But if the avenger of blood pursues after him, then they must protect the man-slayer from his hand, if he struck his neighbour unintentionally, and did not hate him before it.|
|RF JOS 20:6||He shall, however, stay in that city until he can be placed before the Court to be judged, or until the death of the High Priest who may be in those days, when the man-slayer may return, and go to his own village and house,—to the village from whence he fled.'"|
|RF JOS 20:7||They consequently consecrated Kudsh, in Galilee, in the highlands of Naphtali, and Shekem in Mount Ephraim, and Krith-arba,1 in the highlands of Judah;|
|RF JOS 20:8||and beyond the Jordan, east of Jeriko, they gave Betzer in the Desert of the Plain, for the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth Gilad, for the tribe of Gad, and Ghilan, in Bashan, for the tribe of Manasseh.|
|RF JOS 20:9|| These cities were to be open to all the children of Israel, and to the foreigner, to fly to,—whoever struck a life, so that they might not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until they had been placed before a Court of Justice.
1. ("That is Hebron"), in brackets, is an ancient editorial note. F.F.