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?

Urban Legends of the New TestamentAbout 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.

David CroteauAbout 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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