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Rediscovering the Bible
August 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm–6:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until August 25, 2020
The Bible doesn’t say to love God “with all your heart and all your soul” or that “the Lord is my shepherd.” Those are translation mistakes, just two of many that continue to hide the Bible’s original meaning. Join Dr. Hoffman as he peels back the layers of mistranslation that continue to mask the cornerstone of our faith.
No previous knowledge is required to join the class, and you are welcome to attend whichever sessions you like.
|About Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, Director of Education
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman believes that synagogues are uniquely positioned to deliver outstanding Jewish education, and is thrilled to serve as JCOH’s Director of Education. More >
A pioneer of modern Jewish education, Dr. Hoffman has taught and consulted on all six inhabitable continents, and served on the faculties of HUC-JIR’s school of education in New York City and of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. In 2008, he chaired the largest gathering of Jewish educators in the world.
Dr. Hoffman is a Phi Beta Kappa member and a summa cum laude graduate of Brandeis University. He spent a year in Israel doing graduate work in computer science at the Technion before earning a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dividing his time between hands-on education and scholarship, Dr. Hoffman is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series, My People’s Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award), the two-volume My People’s Passover Haggadah, and the seven-volume Prayers of Awe series. His books include In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language, from NYU Press, and, from St. Martin’s Press, And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning and The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor. He has also contributed to the print edition of the International Jerusalem Post and to a variety of on-line outlets. Writing under the pen name “J.M. Hoffman,” he is author of the thriller series The Warwick Files.
When not teaching, writing, or reading, Dr. Hoffman usually has a camera in hand, and from time to time he can be spotted playing table tennis poorly.
He lives not far from New York City. < Less