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|Dr. Joel M. Hoffman|
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:
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.
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.
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.