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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 3:1 (B.C. 1451) Joshua Marches from The Acacia Woods.
Joshua accordingly arose in the morning and marched from The Acacia Woods and advanced to the Jordan, and all the sons of Israel with him, and halted near the fords.
   
RF JOS 3:2 And there, three days afterwards, the officers mustered the camp at day break,
   
RF JOS 3:3 and ordered the People; "When you see the Ark of the Covenant of your EVER-LIVING GOD, and the priests and Levites carrying it, march from your stations and follow it.
   
RF JOS 3:4 However the EVER-LIVING interposes between you and it, two thousand cubits space. Approach not to it, except so that you may know the way that it goes, for you will not proceed by the way you did yesterday."
   
RF JOS 3:5 Order of the Day to the Army.
Joshua also commanded the People to sanctify themselves, for on the next day the EVER-LIVING would do wonders among them.
   
RF JOS 3:6 Then Joshua commanded the priests;—" Take the Ark of the Covenant and proceed, and march before the people carrying the Ark of the Covenant."
   
RF JOS 3:7 The EVER-LIVING also said to Joshua; I will begin to make you Great to-day in the eyes of all Israel, who shall learn that as I was with Moses, so I am with you;
   
RF JOS 3:8 so now command the priests who bear the Ark of the Covenant, and say; When you come to the middle of the stream of the Jordan, stand still in the torrent!"
   
RF JOS 3:9 Joshua consequently said to the sons of Israel, "Now approach and hear the commands of your EVER-LIVING GOD!"
   
RF JOS 3:10 Then Joshua added, "By these you will learn that a LIVING GOD is amongst you, and that He will drive the Canaanites, and the Hitites, and the Hivites, and the Perizites, and the Ghergashites, and the Amorites, and the Jebusites from before you.
   
RF JOS 3:11 Look! the Ark of the Covenant of the PRINCE of the whole earth passes before you to the Jordan;
   
RF JOS 3:12 so now select for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man from each,
   
RF JOS 3:13 and when the soles of the feet of the priests who bear. the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING, the PRINCE Of the whole earth, touch the stream of the Jordan, the waters will cease coming down from above,
   
RF JOS 3:14 Then the People shall march from their camps, and pass over the Jordan, with the priests bearing the Ark of the Covenant before the People."
   
RF JOS 3:15 (B.C. 1451.) Passage of the Jordan.
So when the bearers of the Ark arrived at the Jordan, and the feet of the priests who bore the Ark were splashing in the middle of the waters of the Jordan (and the Jordan is full over all its banks during the time of harvest),
   
RF JOS 3:16 the waters descending from above stood still; below they also stood, for a distance from Adam, to the wood which is near Zarthan. But the water flowed down from off the ford at the King's stream completely, and the People crossed over towards Jeriko.
   
RF JOS 3:17 And the priests who carried the Ark of the Covenant of the EVER-LIVING stood firmly on dry land in the middle of the torrent;—and all Israel passed over on dry land until all the forces had passed the Jordan.
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