Bible (Fenton) 08, 13-14, 16-22, 25, 27: Holy Bible in Modern English, The: Psalms to 2 Chronicles

FERRAR FENTON BIBLE ( - ), translated by Ferrar FENTON (1832 - 1920)

The Holy Bible in Modern English, commonly known as the Ferrar Fenton Bible, was one of the earliest translations of the Bible into "modern English" (i.e., English as spoken and written in the 19th and 20th centuries).

Work on the translation was begun in 1853 by a London businessman named Ferrar Fenton (1832–1920). The complete Bible was first published in 1903, though parts were published as separate volumes during the preceding 11 years. Fenton spent approximately fifty years working on his translation, with his sole goal 'to study the Bible absolutely in its original languages, to ascertain what its writers actually said and thought'. Fenton had acquired a great learning and understanding of ancient Sanskrit, Greek, Hebrew and Latin through being a distinguished member of the Royal Asiatic Society. As a tradesman he also had access to numerous ancient Septuagint and Masoretic manuscripts to aid in his translation, and he also used Brian Walton's Polygot Bible (1657) for minimal referencing.

The translation is noted for a rearranging of the books of the Bible into what Fenton 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", but to a lesser degree as "LORD" and to a much lesser degree as "JEHOVAH" (such as in Numbers chapter 15). The Bible is described as "translated into English direct from the original Hebrew, Chaldee, and Greek languages."

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 appropriate musical instruments to be used. Today Psalm 48, Psalm 137, and Psalm 23 are still sung in churches, albeit to tunes not the original. Summary by Wikipedia.

Genre(s): Bibles

Language: English

Group: Bible (Fenton)

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Psalms 1-20 Mark Penfold
00:29:20
Play 02 Psalms 21-40 Mark Penfold
00:41:51
Play 03 Psalms 41-60 Mark Penfold
00:35:35
Play 04 Psalms 61-80 Mark Penfold
00:47:53
Play 05 Psalms 81-100 Mark Penfold
00:34:23
Play 06 Psalms 101-118 Mark Penfold
00:39:28
Play 07 Psalm 119 Mark Penfold
00:15:15
Play 08 Psalms 120-135 Mark Penfold
00:14:43
Play 09 Psalms 136-150 Mark Penfold
00:25:18
Play 10 Proverbs 1-6 Mark Penfold
00:17:50
Play 11 Proverbs 7-12 Mark Penfold
00:18:14
Play 12 Proverbs 13-18 Mark Penfold
00:19:01
Play 13 Proverbs 19-24 Mark Penfold
00:20:24
Play 14 Proverbs 25-31 Mark Penfold
00:22:25
Play 15 Job 1-7 Mark Penfold
00:21:57
Play 16 Job 8-14 Mark Penfold
00:21:51
Play 17 Job 15-21 Mark Penfold
00:21:37
Play 18 Job 22-28 Mark Penfold
00:16:34
Play 19 Job 29-35 Mark Penfold
00:23:03
Play 20 Job 36-42 Mark Penfold
00:21:24
Play 21 Song of Songs Mark Penfold
00:18:10
Play 22 Ruth Mark Penfold
00:15:32
Play 23 Lamentations Mark Penfold
00:21:24
Play 24 Ecclesiastes Mark Penfold
00:33:41
Play 25 Esther Mark Penfold
00:33:01
Play 26 Daniel 1-6 Mark Penfold
00:40:02
Play 27 Daniel 7-12 Mark Penfold
00:30:47
Play 28 Ezra 1-5 Mark Penfold
00:21:31
Play 29 Ezra 6-10 Mark Penfold
00:26:02
Play 30 Nehemiah 1-6 Mark Penfold
00:22:51
Play 31 Nehemiah 7-13 Mark Penfold
00:42:17
Play 32 1 Chronicles 1-7 Mark Penfold
00:44:09
Play 33 1 Chronicles 8-14 Mark Penfold
00:30:11
Play 34 1 Chronicles 15-22 Mark Penfold
00:32:07
Play 35 1 Chronicles 23-29 Mark Penfold
00:33:26
Play 36 2 Chronicles 1-9 Mark Penfold
00:36:15
Play 37 2 Chronicles 10-18 Mark Penfold
00:30:36
Play 38 2 Chronicles 19-27 Mark Penfold
00:36:52
Play 39 2 Chronicles 28-36 Mark Penfold
00:48:40