Dr. Joel M. Hoffman )
teacher . translator . author November, 2013
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  • I'm excited and a little nervous to let you know that I'm appearing in two episodes of the History Channel's upcoming Bible Secrets Revealed, which starts airing nationwide this Wednesday, November 13, at 10:00pm EST.

    In June I got a call from the folks at Prometheus Entertainment, who were producing the show. After some initial conversations we set up a taping date in July. I drove into New York City (during the oppressive heat wave here) and spent a few enjoyable hours on camera with the documentarian Peter Hankoff.

    I have no idea what they've put into the show, or what my comments will sound like in their new context, but I hope you'll join me this month in finding out.

    I apparently have a role in the first episode, "Lost in Translation," which airs this Wednesday at 10:00pm EST, with repeats at various times during the following days.

    And I'm told that I have a more substantial appearance in the third episode, "Forbidden Scriptures," which first airs on Wednesday, November 27, also at 10:00pm EST.

    So check it out and let me know what you think!



    The six-part "Bible Secrets Revealed" incorporates interviews with leading Bible scholars from around the world, and I'm thrilled to be included. The episodes are organized as follows:

    • "Lost in Translation" (November 13)
    • "Promised Land" (November 20)
    • "The Forbidden Scriptures" (November 27)
    • "The Real Jesus" (December 4)
    • "Mysterious Prophecies" (December 11)
    • "Sex and the Scriptures" (December 18)
    The History Channel has put together a trailer for the series, in addition to a promo for the first episode. And the show has a home page on the History Channel website, with a growing collection of material about the show.

    I presume that Dr. Robert Cargill, who helped produce the series, will also continue to offer updates and information about the show on his web site.

    On line

    As you watch the show, I hope you'll take part in what I'm sure will be a lively on-line discussion: on Twitter (#BibleSecretsRevealed) and of course on my Bible translation site: God Didn't Say That, where I've already posted "Q&A: Is the Virgin Birth a Mistranslation?" in response to a question about a claim from the show's trailer.

    If you have a question about something you see, post it on the About section of my blog and I'll try to offer an answer or explanation.

    In person
    Dr. Joel M. Hoffman Speaking

    Though I'm cutting back a little on my travel this year (you'll find out why soon), I can still squeeze in a few more appearances, so if you're interested in following up on any of the topics from the show, or on my other topics, please be in touch. I'd love to set something up.

    In print

    Along similar lines, you may want to consider taking a look at my And God Said, if you haven't already read it. As suggested by the subtitle ("how translations conceal the Bible's original meaning"), the book offers a detailed and, I hope, enjoyable journey through the joy, frustration, and importance of Bible translation.

    I'm thrilled that it just went into a 4th printing, and continues to attract attention.

    The book is available in print and electronic editions online and from bookstores and libraries around the country.

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