Noted Bible Scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman to Offer Interfaith Lecture in North Chelmsford, MA


New York, May 10, 2012 — Noted Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will give an interfaith lecture on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at Congregation Shalom in North Chelmsford, MA.

The 7:00pm lecture is jointly sponsored by Congregation Shalom; Trinity Lutheran Church, Chelmsford; the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Westford; First Parish Church United, Westford; Temple Shir Hadash, Westford; and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, Westford.

Hoffman will address significant and widespread inaccuracies in English Bible translations and explain 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 book And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning (St. Martin’s Press, 2010).

The lecture will take place at Congregation Shalom, 87 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, MA 01863 (phone: 978/251-8091). Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Signed books will be available for purchase after the talk.

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

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


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