Noted Bible Scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman to Speak in West Lafayette, Indiana

NOTED BIBLE SCHOLAR DR. JOEL M. HOFFMAN TO SPEAK IN WEST LAFAYETTE, INDIANA

New York, February 22, 2012 — Noted Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will give two lectures on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25 at Temple Israel in West Lafayette, IN.

His first lecture (8:00pm on Friday) explores the “majesty and mystery” of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including the fascinating story of their discovery, their surprising content, and what they mean for modern readers.

His second lecture (10:00am on Saturday) 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 (St. Martin’s Press, 2010).

Both lectures, which are open to the public and free of charge, are scheduled to take place at Temple Israel, 620 Cumberland Avenue, West Lafayette, IN 47906-1522 (phone: 765-463-3455).

Dr. Hoffman will also meet with local clergy at Purdue University during his visit to West Lafayette.

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.

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 Joseph.Rinaldi@stmartins.com.

Dr. Hoffman can be reached at (718) 834-1080 or joel@lashon.net.

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