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Education Or Imitation

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The earthly ministry of Jesus was all about rightly interpreting and applying God’s Word. We can do the same. No special training required. In fact, right interpretation of Scripture, followed by right application, is the primary way that Christians are to be like God. This is not an issue of education. It’s an issue of imitation. How can we interpret Scripture rightly? ...more
Kindle Edition, 110 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Cruciform Press
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Apr 27, 2016 Jeanie rated it really liked it
When interpretating the word of God, do we have Jesus as the object of that interpretation. We may be a generation that is poorly knowledgeable in the word of God and therefore bringing up other gernerations that don't properly know the word of God. Which brings us to poor application and selfishness. The book starts in a surprising way, the author Curt Allen interpretation of some guys in the hood while doing drugs. His interpretation led to application which saved his life. The same is true ...more
Craig Hurst
May 09, 2012 Craig Hurst rated it really liked it
Shelves: hermeneutics
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 releg
LaRosa Johnson
Feb 17, 2014 LaRosa Johnson rated it it was amazing
Curtis Allen has been an acquaintance of mine for a number of years now. I came to know him because of his work as a Christian rapper under the stage name “Voice.” With several theologically heavy hip-hop albums under his belt, I quickly became a fan. Rap is not all that Curtis is known for. After attending the Pastor’s College, Curtis became a pastor at Solid Rock Church (a Sovereign Grace church in Prince Georges County, Maryland). Using his spiritual gifting as a pastor & his ability to ...more
Brandon Lehr
Apr 27, 2016 Brandon Lehr rated it really liked it
My Pastor always says...

The MacArthur commentary states....

Well I heard Piper say...

That's not what it says here in my study Bible notes.....

Is Bible interpretation only for the experts? Can we, or should we, read the Bible for ourselves?

Curtis Allen, tackles this question in his book Education or Imitation?: Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me. In the course of church history interpretation wasn't always left to a few scholars. A seminary education wasn't a requirement for understa
Jan 24, 2012 Aaron rated it really liked it
My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:

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 Int
Tim Sheppard
Aug 08, 2012 Tim Sheppard rated it liked it
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I was hooked right from the start with this book because of the intense story of gang life. The rest of the book seemed to be a little fluffy, but it was a nice read overall. I like how the author threw in some street speak every now and then. His walkthrough of Jesus' treatment of the Pharisees was helpful. He wrote about how the Pharisees basically thought that God was just like them. That seems to be similar to the moral therapeutic deism that is so prevalent today. God is basically ok with ...more
May 17, 2012 Henry rated it it was amazing
In Education or Imitation, Curt Allen argues that Bible interpretation involves relating the Scriptures to Jesus Christ, and that you do not need to be educated especially to do that, but rather simply need the help of the Holy Spirit. Right interpretation then should lead to right application, which results in the imitation of Christ, which is God's goal for us. Allen does not see formal Bible education as useless, needless to say, just not the main qualification the Bible itself sets forth for ...more
Mark A Powell
Dec 30, 2013 Mark A Powell rated it liked it
Allen rightly draws a distinction between education and imitation, stating that the latter has much more to do with proper interpretation of Scripture than the former. While he is quick to extol the virtues of education, he laments the mentality that relegates understanding Scripture to those who are ‘educated’ instead of every Christian believer. Though brief (even shorter than most Cruciform Press offerings), and in need of additional unpacking, Allen manages to support his conclusion well.
Jun 09, 2012 Paul rated it liked it
Shelves: theology, ebook
Nice short e-read. A reminder that Biblical interpretation can and ought to be done by all. Interesting case-study on the Sabbath.
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