TROY - International speaker and author Dr. Joel Hoffman will discuss translations of The Bible through time during presentations on March 31 at Troy University and at Temple Emanu-El in Dothan.
Dr. Hoffman's lectures, presented by Troy University libraries, will cover the full spectrum of holy writings from which the Bible was culled, as well as some reasons behind what was included and what was cut. He will also speak on how extra-Biblical material elucidates the text of the Bible and three ancient answers to good and evil that were omitted from the Bible.
Dr. Hoffman will speak at 11 a.m. on March 31, at the Troy Campus Library, and then at 7 p.m. at Dothan's Temple Emanu-El, 188 North Park Ave.
Known for providing insights and interpretations about religious life in the 21st century, Dr. Hoffman has written several columns and published books on Biblical topics including, "The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing from Your Bible," "In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language," and "And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning."
Dr. Hoffman has taught at all levels of education, served as a book editor and a consultant and has spoken both nationally and internationally. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Linguistics from the University of Maryland.
This project is supported by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.