The Hingham Trip

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman (Right) Signing Books in Hingham, MA

Dr. Joel M. Hoffman (Right) Signing Books in Hingham, MA

The town of Hingham, MA, dates to 1635, when settlers from Hingham, England established the new colony in New England. Less than 50 years later, Hingham’s families established Old Ship Meeting House, a church still in use to this day, and, apparently, the oldest continuously used church in America. The rest of Hingham similarly retains much of its centuries-old feel.

Such was the setting for my recent visit to talk about Bible translation.

My first appearance was on Wednesday night, to a diverse and enthusiastic group at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, where I spoke about the material in And God Said and signed books.

Then the next day I met with an interfaith clergy group at Old Ship — not in the original structure, but in the parish house across the way. The topic was the surprising connection between the New Testament and the first rabbis, including the nature of prophesy. We started with lunch (which was particularly tasty) and then spent an hour or so in conversation.

I had a delightful time, and I hope I have the chance to return.

Dr. Hoffman, third from left, with (left to right) Rev. Paul Sprecher, Second Parish Unitarian Universalist; Rabbi Shira Joseph,  Congregation Sha'aray Shalom; Rev. Anne Emry, St. John the Evangelist; Rabbi Ben Lefkowitz, Temple Beth Sholom; and Rabbi Steve Arnold

Dr. Hoffman, third from left, with (left to right) Rev. Paul Sprecher, Second Parish Unitarian Universalist; Rabbi Shira Joseph, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom; Rev. Anne Emry, St. John the Evangelist; Rabbi Ben Lefkowitz, Temple Beth Sholom; and Rabbi Steve Arnold


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