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  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193676041X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936760411
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,695,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All in all, this book is a terrific read & one that I recommend every new believer read.
LaRosa Johnson
By the fifth chapter he has now turned from explaining to helping us learn how to apply what we've read and the proper questions to ask to interpret the Word rightly.
T. Newbell
He walks us through some of the dangers as well as through some good examples, showing us how to walk on our own.
Brandon P. Lehr

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Newbell on February 1, 2012
Do you ever approach the Bible and think you just aren't smart enough to truly "get it"? It can be a temptation to read the Bible and feel like you need an interpreter. Maybe you listen to a sermon or read an article or speak with an intellectual friend and their words seem like their revelation of the Word is just too great to ever obtain. In his book Education or Imitation? Bible Interpretation For Dummies Like You and Me, Curt (Voice) Allen has some good news for you. You don't have to be a scholar, have a seminary degree, or even be remotely smart to know Gods' Word; Allen suggests it's about imitation not education.

Education or Imitation? has five chapters: Why Interpretation Matters in Everything; From the Garden to a Grainfield; Jesus the Interpreter; From Interpretation to Application; and From Me-ology to Theology. He begins the book with a riveting story that tells of his younger days on the streets of Washington D.C. Once you are captivated, and you will be, he begins to make his case that Jesus is the greatest Bible interpreter and we are merely to imitate him. But to imitate Jesus, we must learn how to interpret what he says rightly. In chapter two Allen begins to tell us how to do so.

In the next chapters, Allen lays out bad interpreters of Scripture through biblical references such as Satan, Adam and Eve, Saul the King and the Pharisees. He walks through various stories and scenarios to explain how each had twisted Scripture. By the fifth chapter he has now turned from explaining to helping us learn how to apply what we've read and the proper questions to ask to interpret the Word rightly. One of the most helpful statements was "God's self-revelation is in the book that we call the Bible.
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What does it take to interpret Scripture correctly? Education? A seminary degree? Learning Greek and Hebrew? These are great and helpful things, but argues Curtis (Voice) Allen, they're not the secret to becoming a good interpreter of Scripture. The secret is imitating Jesus. "Interpretation of Scripture, followed by right application, is the primary way that we are to be like God," he writes in his new book, Education or Imitation?: Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me. "This is not an issue of education. It's an issue of imitation" (p. 21). And through the book's five short, but powerful chapters, Allen unpacks how "the call of imitation will walk hand in hand with interpretation" (p. 18).

Our problems with obedience begin not with a lack of education, but with bad interpretation. This has been mankind's problem from the beginning, Allen argues, as he explains how Adam and Eve's failure to rightly interpret God's word led to their--and subsequently our--fall into sin.

"The first sin was an arrogance of interpretation," he writes. "Ever since, mankind has suffered a continual plague of arrogance--the arrogance to act on our own view of what's good and what isn't. Adam and Eve chose to take upon themselves a false authority to interpret right from wrong. You and I regularly choose to act on the basis of that same false authority. In a way, we really have become like God, but it's a cheap, shabby imitation" (p. 28).

By trusting in themselves that the serpent was right and that God was wrong, Adam and Eve took on an authority for themselves that they never truly had to begin with and the result was the interpretive chaos in which we now live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Life Long Reader on May 9, 2012
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Interpretation of Scripture, followed by right application, is the primary way that we are to be like God. This is not an issue of education. It's an issue of imitation. (p. 23)

It has been the concern of many that the church has abandoned the task of serious Bible interpretation to the "ivory towers" of the academy and the PhD's that dwell therein. This has resulted in an unhealthy and shallow church as well as a look of suspicion of the church upon the academy. For too long the church has relegated the task of interpreting Scripture to those with formal education while the church goes along reading their Bible's simply at "face value".

This is the current model of thinking for many Christians. But according to Curtis Allen, this should not be the case. To combat this wrongheaded thinking he has written Education or Imitation?: Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me. This is a challenging and thought provoking book that will shed new light on what it means for Christians to faithfully and fully imitate Jesus.

Allen's central thesis is simple: the primary way in which Christians imitate Christ is by being faithful interpreters of Scripture. Initially, to many who read that statement, it will come across very odd, out of place and, well, seemingly down right wrong. After all, aren't the churches two main responsibilities to evangelize and disciple the nations to the glory of God (Matt. 28:19-20)? For Allen, those two commands may be the beginning and end of the mission of the church but there is the middle to consider as well. Allen asks, "What are the means that produced the end?" (p. 19). The answer - "Interpretation of the Word of God, spoken and applied, is the primary means that Jesus used." (p.
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