Spartanburg Interfaith Scholar-In-Residence Features Dr. Joel Hoffman, Nov. 6-9

November 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

Dr-Joel-M-HoffmanThe University of South Carolina Upstate is among the sponsors for the annual Spartanburg Interfaith Scholar-In-Residence that will take place November 6-9 and feature Dr. Joel Hoffman, author of “The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible.”

“Religious ideas and values are important for so many people living in the Upstate, and USC Upstate is committed to helping bring thoughtful and thought-provoking interfaith perspectives to our community,” said Dr. David Damrel, associate professor of religion at USC Upstate. “Dr. Hoffman’s lectures promise to be wonderful opportunities for exploring and celebrating some of the shared spiritual heritage that make Jews and Christians part of a larger religious family.”

Hoffman focuses on bringing the Bible to life and is known for his “fresh insights and interpretations about religious life in the 21st century.” A popular speaker, he 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. Hoffman is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series, “My People’s Prayer Book” (winner of the National Jewish Book Award) and for “My People’s Passover Haggadah.” He is the author of the critically acclaimed “In the Beginning: A Short History of the Hebrew

Language” (NYU Press), and the popular “And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible’s Original Meaning” (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press). Writing under the pen-name “J.M. Hoffman,” he is the author of the thriller series “The Warwick Files.”

This annual program is sponsored by Institute for South Jewish Life (ISJL) and Spartanburg Interfaith Connections, which consists of Temple B’Nai Israel, USC Upstate, Nazareth Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church, and Central United Methodist Church.

“There can be no greater honor or task than bringing people together through our various faiths, especially in these very turbulent times,” said Rabbi Yossi Liebowitz of Temple B’Nai Israel.


The 2014 Spartanburg Interfaith Scholar-in-Residence Schedule:


Thursday, Nov. 6                    “The Bible Doesn’t Say That”

7 p.m.                                      Sansbury Campus Life Center, USC Upstate


Friday, Nov. 7                         “On the Bible’s Cutting Room Floor”

7:30 p.m.                                 Temple B’Nai Israel, 146 Heywood Avenue


Saturday, Nov. 8                     “What did Jesus Quote?”

2-4 p.m.                                   Nazareth Presbyterian Church, 680 Nazareth Church Road

6-8 p.m.                                   “How to Read Jewish Texts”

First Presbyterian Church, 393 East Main Street


Sunday, Nov. 9                       “The Mystery & Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls”

9:45-10:45 a.m.                       Central United Methodist Church, 233 North Church Street


For more information, call Dr. David Damrel at 503-5798 or Temple B’Nai Israel at 582-2001.