Noted Bible Scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman to Speak in Columbus, GA

Contact: Ann Kimball
Telephone: (601) 362-6357

For immediate release.


Jackson, MS, January 23, 2012 — Noted Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman returns to the South on Friday, January 27 and Saturday, January 28 for two lectures at Temple Israel in Columbus, GA.

His first lecture (7:30pm on Friday) explains the inaccuracies in English Bible translations and how readers can see past the mistakes to find what Hoffman calls “the undiscovered beauty of the Bible.” The lecture is based on his popular And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning. His second, more focused lecture (1:00pm on Saturday) explores the role of exile in shaping the Jewish people.

The events are scheduled to take place at Temple Israel, 1617 Wildwood Ave., Columbus, GA and are open the public. Autographed books will be for sale afterward.

Though Hoffman travels widely throughout Europe and North America, his last appearance in the South was in January, 2011, when he addressed the Birmingham, Alabama Rotary Club.

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman is a noted expert in translation, Hebrew, and the Bible. He holds a doctorate in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City. He is the chief translator for the 10-volume series My People’s Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and My People’s Passover Haggadah, both from Jewish Lights Publishing. He is the author of the critically acclaimed In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language, from NYU Press and, most recently, And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning from St. Martin’s Press. He lives in Westchester, NY.

Hoffman’s visit is organized in partnership with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Founded in 2000 and based in Jackson, MS the Institute supports education, rabbinic services, cultural programming, history, and community engagement. The ISJL builds community by partnering with diverse Jewish congregations, churches, universities, and civic organizations across 13 southern states. Through this unique approach, the ISJL provides a visionary model of regional cooperation through which communities large and small assume a shared responsibility of Jewish life throughout the South.

For more information about the events, contact ISJL Director of Programming Ann Kimball: (601) 362-6357 or

For more information about And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning, contact St. Martin’s Press Publicist Joseph Rinaldi: 646/307-5565 or

Dr. Hoffman can be reached at (718) 834-1080 or


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