Noted Bible Scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman to Speak at Vassar Temple

New York, April 24, 2012 — Noted Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will give a lecture about Bible translation on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. at Vassar Temple, 140 Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY. His talk, which is open to the public free of charge, addresses the inaccuracies in English Bible translations and explains 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.

Refreshments will be served after Dr. Hoffman’s presentation, and autographed copies of his book will be available for sale. Though Hoffman travels widely throughout Europe and North America, this is his only appearance this year in Dutchess County. For more information, contact the temple at 845-454-2570 or

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 currently serves as the director of Vassar Temple’s Religious School, which provides a dynamic environment where students in grades K-12 discover and explore their own connection to Judaism.

Dr. Hoffman 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. Dr. Hoffman can be reached by phone at 718-834-1080, by e-mail at, and more information about him can be found on his website:

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