Scholar Combines Old, New with Bible Videos
NEW YORK, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Combining new technology and ancient text, Bible scholar Dr. Joel M. Hoffman has released a series of short on-line Bible videos intended to bring the text of the Bible to life on screen.
Hoffman launched the series, entitled “Exploring the Bible,” with three 2-3 minute videos, each focusing on a single topic.
The first video, just in time for the widely celebrated 400th anniversary of the King James Version (KJV) on Monday, May 2, offers viewers a quiz about the English in the KJV.
The second video addresses why “covet” is a mistranslation in the Ten Commandments.
The third video explains what “God so loved the world” in John 3:16 really means.
Hoffman says he likes the medium of video because “it makes it possible to display text as I explain it.” He adds that the videos “also target people who would rather watch information than read it.”
Because the writing systems for ancient Hebrew and Greek — the primary languages of the Bible — are so complicated, Hoffman says special technology had to be developed to create the videos, which feature moving text in English, Hebrew, and Greek.
Hoffman, a frequent guest lecturer at churches and synagogues, is most widely known for unearthing significant mistranslations of the Bible. The videos combine results he has previously published with new material.
ABOUT DR. HOFFMAN
Dr. Joel M. Hoffman, a frequent guest lecturer at churches and synagogues, has held faculty appointments at Brandeis University and at Hebrew Union College, and lectured at universities on four continents. He is the author of And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning (2010, Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press) and In The Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew Language (2004, NYU Press), and the chief translator for the 10-volume series My People’s Prayer Book (winner of the National Jewish Book Award). He also moderates the popular Bible-translation blog “God Didn’t Say That.”
He can be reached through his website at www.Lashon.net.
SOURCE Irene Goodman Agency