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From the PublisherPRAISE FOR AND GOD SAID
"Deeply welcome as a valuable tool for teaching . . . well-worth acquiring."
—Jewish Book World
"A sensitive . . . discussion of the structure of languages in general and of Biblical Hebrew in particular."
—The Jerusalem Post
"A lively tour of the difficulties besetting the Bible's translators, their successes and (more frequent) failures."
—Jewish Ideas Daily
“A wise and important book, and a lot of fun to read.”
—Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“Hoffman is wise and gentle as he exhibits the issue of distortion by way of translation. Short of all readers learning Hebrew, Hoffman’s work is the best gift for a careful reader of a text that defies easy contemporary rendering.”
—Walter Brueggemann, author of The Prophetic Imagination
"[Hoffman] unites Biblical scholarship and translation theory, embracing modern science and modern linguistics, to help us understand what the Prophets and our forebears were doing and how they wrote. He retrieves what the Bible really was and what it can be for us now."
—The Very Reverend James A. Kowalski, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
PRAISE FOR IN THE BEGINNING
"Hoffman has a flair for explaining how languages work."
—The Times Literary Supplement (London)
"Written in an energetic style with a commitment to exploring the evolution of Hebrew from ancient times to the present in ways that a broad audience can comprehend."
—Religious Studies Review