Joel M.Hoffman, Ph.D.
teacher translator author


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 College.

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.

Dr. Hoffman appears in 3 episodes of the History Channel's Bible Secrets Revealed.

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