Dr. Joel M. Hoffman focuses on translation, Hebrew, and the
Bible, and is known for his "fresh insights and interpretations about
religious life in the 21st century." A popular speaker, Dr. Hoffman
presents to churches, synagogues, community groups, and university
audiences across the world. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and has
served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union
Dr. Hoffman is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series,
My People's Prayer Book (winner of the
National Jewish Book Award). He is the author of the critically
acclaimed In the Beginning: A Short History of
the Hebrew Language (NYU Press), and And God Said: How Translations
Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning (Thomas Dunne
Books/St. Martin's Press), which explores how translation mistakes mask the
original meaning of the Bible. Writing under the pen name "J.M. Hoffman," he is the author of the thriller series The Warwick Files.
Dr. Hoffman lives in Westchester, NY.