Dr. Hoffman's keynote address at CAJE 32 Washington University, St. Louis
"On the Bible's Cutting Room Floor."(New!)What happened to Adam and Eve
after they left the Garden of Eden? What was Abraham like as a child?
Who are the Watchers? And why aren't any of these stories in your
Bible? Learn about the fascinating ancient texts that were cut from
the Bible, and discover what they can teach us about the Bible and
about our lives today.
"The Mystery and Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls." Since their
discovery six decades ago, the Dead Sea Scrolls have captured the
popular imagination, and created more controversy and intrigue, than
any other ancient find. Hoffman offers a fascinating introduction to
the content and history of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
"The Alphabet Story." Three thousand years ago, a minor change to
an otherwise obscure writing system paved the way for the alphabet and
widespread literacy. Hoffman explains where writing comes from and
why it's so important.
"Three Thousand Years of Jewish Continuity as Seen Through
Three Thousand Years of Hebrew." An exploration of the remarkable
history that links the Jewish people to its historic language and
identity through time: the fascinating story of how Hebrew began, why
almost every written alphabet today can trace its roots to Hebrew, how Hebrew
developed, where the text of the Bible comes from, the relevance of
the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient manuscripts, and finally how
modern Israeli Hebrew developed.
"Four Exiles and Four Spiritual Revolutions: From the
ancient prophets to modernity." Judaism has seen four spiritual
revolutions, each in the wake of a major exile. This is an engaging
and uplifting look at North American Judaism - the last spiritual
revolution - as seen in the context of the last 3,000 years.
"What Did Jesus Quote?" Jesus frequently quotes the Old
Testament. But we read about what he said in translation, and we read
about what he quoted in double translation, first from Hebrew into
Greek, then from Greek into English. Learn what Jesus thought the
Hebrew meant when he quoted it.
"Putting the Hebrew Back in Hebrew School." Focusing on the
Hebrew aspect of after-school education, Dr. Hoffman addresses four
goals that the major printed curricula all include. He discusses why
in principle they cannot work, and how they lead to frustration and
worse among students, teachers, and principals alike. Having
presented what cannot succeed, he works toward practical solutions
that can vastly improve after-school Hebrew education. (This material
is also suited to a workshop or full-day seminar with Hebrew teachers
"This Is Your Brain on Hebrew." What happens when a
child's brain learns Hebrew? What about a teenager? Or an adult?
Why is studying at night more effective than studying during the day?
And how can we use this information --- and much more --- to improve
our Hebrew schools? If you are designing a Hebrew program, teaching
in one, or if you're just curious about what's really going on, you'll
want to hear this.