The Shaun Tabatt Show

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The Shaun Tabatt Show is an interview-based program offering discussion on a variety of topics including books, music, film, and more.

Dec 9, 2015

Welcome to The Shaun Tabatt Show! Today I speak with David Britton about his latest holiday album titled Christmas. Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Describe who you are and what you do in a single sentence?
  • How has growing up in a missionary home and getting exposed to a range of diverse cultures influenced your music and creativity?
  • Why was this the right time for you career-wise to do a Christmas album?
  • Was there a particular vibe or feel that you were aiming for with this album?
  • What were some of the influences that impacted where you went with this album?
  • Are there any particular tracks on the album the stand out as a favorite or are meaningful for you?
  • How do you hope your listeners are encouraged and challenged by what they hear on the Christmas album?
  • Can you tell us anything about the new album you have in the work works for 2016?
  • Tell us where we can order the Christmas album online and where we can connect with you on the web as well?

About the Album:
Christmas, which released digitally last year and released to brick & mortar retailers on October 9, 2015, showcases the unique ability of the classically trained Britton, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and with opera companies around the world, to effortlessly merge his diverse influences. He wraps his incredibly rich pop-classical sound (with a twist of anthemic rock) into and around these timeless holiday classics. The result is a poignant collection of cozy favorites and a blend of powerful yet intimate moments, custom made for the Christmas season.

Britton encourages listeners to get cozy with his warm and inviting rendition of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)," before closing the project with another original, "Sing Noel," written by Billy Smiley and CCM legend Scott Wesley Brown. On this lovely Christmas hymn, Britton shares the microphone with Christine Dente from Out of the Grey.

"In a world that is full of so much turmoil and pain, it is my goal to use music to shed a glimmer of light; to bring comfort to those that grieve, peace to those at war, hope to those that fail, encouragement to those that feel alone, joy to those in despair," says Britton. "I am grateful for the opportunity to create music that does not fit within any specific genre, that allows me to leverage the unorthodox musical influences of my life, that people of all generations and tastes may find something that speaks to them. Above all else, it is my desire that those who listen may see past me to the One who created all things."

About the Artist:
World-class Baritone and Nashville recording artist, David Britton, brings a unique sound to his audiences, by blending his big voice with a signature orchestral rock instrumentation. This approach is the result of Britton’s eclectic musical heritage, which included drumming in a rock band through high school and college, before beginning a career in opera. Over the past couple of years, Britton has emerged onto the scene with albums which take full advantage of both the classical training as well as the rock style creating music that is at times both intimate and grandiose.

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Dec 7, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Lee Fields about his and Milton Eng's great new book book Devotions on the Hebrew Bible: 54 Reflections to Inspire and Instruct (Zondervan Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Lee shares about his eduction background, including his journey from wanting to work as a science teacher and coach football, to taking a different path and eventually becoming chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University.
  • Where did the idea for the book get its start and how did Lee get involved?
  • What were the goals that Lee and Milton set for this project from the start?
  • How can professors use Devotions on the Hebrew Bible in the classroom?
  • What are some of the special features of the book?
  • Who contributed to this project?
  • Who was the ideal reader you always had in mind for the book?
  • Why does each devotional reading include the Masoretic text and the related English translation?
  • How will you know you’ve succeeded with this book?
  • What are the current struggles faced by professors teaching biblical languages at the college and seminary level?
  • Lee shares how he left behind the more traditional grammar translation approach to teaching biblical languages in favor of a more immersive living language approach.
  • Do students need to brush up their English skills before they’re ready to learn Hebrew and Greek?

About The Book:
Zondervan is known for its excellent resources in biblical languages, and many of our resources encourage professors, students, and pastors to continue to use their Hebrew and Greek Bibles beyond their seminary years.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible continues on this path of excellence by introducing these devotions—based on a careful reading and study of the Hebrew Bible—written by some of the top biblical language scholars of today. Contributors include Daniel I. Block, Mark J. Boda, Hélène Dallaire, Nancy Erickson, Karen H. Jobes, Bo H. Lim, Tremper Longman III, Miles V. Van Pelt, and Bruce K. Waltke, among others.

Devotions on the Hebrew Bible contains a devotion on every book in the Hebrew Bible and can be used as weekly devotional or as a supplemental resource throughout a semester or sequence of courses. The main point each devotion offers comes from a careful reading of the passage in the Hebrew Bible, not from the English Bible. The authors use a variety of exegetical approaches in their devotions: grammatical, lexical, rhetorical, sociohistorical, linguistic, etc. Each devotion closes with a practical application.

About The Author:
Lee M. Fields is a trained Hebrew scholar with a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is the chair of the Department of Biblical Studies at Mid-Atlantic Christian University (formerly Roanoke Bible College), Elizabeth City, NC.

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Dec 4, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with David Croteau about his recent book Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions (B&H Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • David's background
  • What courses he teaches at Columbia International University
  • How the idea for the book got its start
  • Why Bible college/seminary/grad school is not Sunday School
  • What is an urban legend?
  • What's the best way to read this book?
  • Did Mary and Joseph really find no room at the inn?
  • Was Jesus a carpenter?
  • Is it OK for Christians to judge others?
  • What's up with the camel and the eye of a needle?
  • Is Philippians 4:13 really a Christian superman verse?
  • Why is 1 Thes. 4:22 the most twisted verse in the Bible?
  • Why are there QR codes in the book?
  • How does David hope reader’s are impacted by reading his book?

About The book:
Urban Legends of the New Testament surveys forty of the most commonly misinterpreted passages in the New Testament. These “urban legends” often arise because interpreters neglect a passage’s context, misuse historical background information, or misunderstand the Greek language. For each New Testament text, professor David Croteau describes the popular, incorrect interpretation and then carefully interprets the passage within its literary and historical context. Careful attention is given to sound principles of biblical interpretation to guide readers through the process and reach a more accurate understanding of each text’s meaning. QR codes have been inserted at various points throughout the book. By scanning the code with your mobile device, you can view a video of David Croteau addressing a specific urban legend.

With examples from the Gospels, Acts, the Epistles, and Revelation, Urban Legends of the New Testament will not only help readers avoid missteps in these forty texts but also provide a model for engaging in correct interpretation of other New Testament passages.

About The Author:
David A. Croteau (Ph.D., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and Greek in the Seminary and School of Ministry at Columbia International University. He is co-editor (with Andreas J. Köstenberger) of Which Bible Translation Should I Use? (B&H Academic, 2013) and author of Tithing after the Cross (Energion, 2013).

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Dec 1, 2015

Welcome to the Shaun Tabatt Show! In this episode I speak with Constantine Campbell about his new book Advances in the Study of Greek: New Insights for Reading the New Testament (Zondervan Academic, 2015). Here are some of the topics and questions we cover in the interview:

  • Constantine's background
  • How he got introduced to the study of Geek
  • How his students convinced him to write this book
  • Who needs to read Advances in the Study of Greek?
  • A brief history of the discipline of Greek language study
  • A walk through of what's covered in each chapter of the book
  • The best way for a reader to approach this book
  • How does Constantine's approach in the classroom differ from when he learned Greek?
  • How will Constantine know he's succeeded with this book?
  • Is there a disconnect between the study of the New Testament and the study of New Testament Greek?
  • Which Bible software does Constantine find most useful?
  • Should we be using manuscript images in the classroom?
  • Tips for building your personal Greek library

About the Book:
Advances in the Study of Greek offers an introduction to issues of interest in the current world of Greek scholarship. Those within Greek scholarship will welcome this book as a tool that puts students, pastors, professors, and commentators firmly in touch with what is going on in Greek studies. Those outside Greek scholarship will warmly receive

Advances in the Study of Greek as a resource to get themselves up to speed in Greek studies. Free of technical linguistic jargon, the scholarship contained within is highly accessible to outsiders. Advances in the Study of Greek provides an accessible introduction for students, pastors, professors, and commentators to understand the current issues of interest in this period of paradigm shift.

About the Author:
Constantine R. Campbell (PhD, Macquarie University) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of Paul and Union with Christ, Outreach and the Artist, Verbal Aspect, the Indicative Mood, and Narrative, Verbal Aspect and Non-Indicative Verbs, Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek, and Keep Your Greek. Dr Campbell is a public speaker, musician, and author, and lives in the northern suburbs of Chicago.

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