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Author:  Truman Peyote [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 17:42 GMT ]
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Did Dylan revert back to Judaism, as conventional wisdom has suggested since attending the bar mitzvah of his son, Jesse, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 1983?

In the interview with Bill Flanagan 2009, Bob say: Well, I am a true believer.

Do you think Dylan is a Jew who is a True Believer when it comes to Christmas or a Christian who is happy to observe his Jewish roots?

Author:  motherwell [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 17:46 GMT ]
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Truman Peyote wrote:
Did Dylan revert back to Judaism, as conventional wisdom has suggested since attending the bar mitzvah of his son, Jesse, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem in 1983?

In the interview with Bill Flanagan 2009, Bob say: Well, I am a true believer.

Do you think Dylan is a Jew who is a True Believer when it comes to Christmas or a Christian who is happy to observe his Jewish roots?


What Dylan believes is his own business. If he wants to make any sort of comment on them, he will do it through his music as usual

Author:  junglemike [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 17:51 GMT ]
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"I practice a faith that's been long abandoned
Ain't no altars on this long and lonesome road"

- Dylan, "Ain't Talkin'"

Author:  charlesdarwin [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 18:38 GMT ]
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLCewTcb-jc

Chloe Talbot interviews Bob Dylan on The Simpsons.

Author:  Anr Bjotk [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 19:11 GMT ]
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I don't think anyone knows. So you won't get an answer. But I'm willing to put money on it being a sort of lapsed Christian-thing. Like most people past 50, he believes in God but he doesn't need to make a song and dance about it!

(And that should win best joke on ER this year.)

Author:  chrome horse [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 19:13 GMT ]
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Rastafarian, like the pot smoking Reggae crowd.

Author:  Cold Irons Bound [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 19:26 GMT ]
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Truman Peyote wrote:
Do you think Dylan is a Jew who is a True Believer when it comes to Christmas or a Christian who is happy to observe his Jewish roots?


Aren't these essentially the same thing? Having recently read the Scott Marshall book, if I had to choose I'd say Dylan is a Christian who believes in Jesus Christ and both testaments of Bible, while still observing and maintaining his Jewish roots. But as he said in that Rolling Stone interview, music is his true religion.

Author:  notdarkyet [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 19:28 GMT ]
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motherwell wrote:
What Dylan believes is his own business. If he wants to make any sort of comment on them, he will do it through his music as usual

Exactly, and the most explicit one in recent times was more than five years ago:

~ MP3 ~ SAVING GRACE ~ JOHNSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA ~ AUGUST 29, 2012 ~

http://www.notdarkyet.org/120829grace.mp3

[and I assume that nothing on "Trouble No More" was released against his will, if that counts for anything]


Oh, and also, ...

On February 6th 2015, in Los Angeles, after being presented by President Jimmy Carter with the MusiCares Person of the Year 2015 award, Bob Dylan delivered a long acceptance speech (published online by Rolling Stone three days later). Here is a small part of that speech which included a reading of the first three of five verses of the beautiful gospel song "Stand By Me" from 1905, written by Charles Albert Tindley.

"... The Blackwood Brothers were talking to me about making a record together. That might confound expectations, but it shouldn't. Of course it would be a gospel album. I don't think it would be anything out of the ordinary for me. Not a bit. One of the songs I'm thinking of singing is "Stand By Me" with the Blackwood Brothers. Not "Stand By Me" the pop song. No. The real "Stand By Me." The real one goes like this:

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When the storms of life are raging stand by me

When the storms of life are raging stand by me

When the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea

Thou who rules the wind and water stand by me


In the midst of tribulation stand by me

In the midst of tribulation stand by me

When the hosts of hell assail and my strength begins to fail

Thou who's never lost a battle stand by me


In the midst of fault and failure stand by me

In the midst of fault and failure stand by me

When I do the best I can and my friends don't understand

Thou who knowest all about me stand by me


That's the song. I like it better than the pop song. If I record one by that name, that's going to be the one. ..."

Author:  clifford gage [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 19:51 GMT ]
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Certain things are clear.

He lives in Scarlet Town, an allegory of modern times, stepping straight from the pages of the Book of Revelation.

He was transfigured. The happened to Jesus, Moses and Elijah.

The song "I Saw the Light" is his religion. That song is about Jesus.

He has to escape from this world "I'm locked in tight I'm out of range".

He's angry at random immorality "You got your lover in the bed..come over here I'll break your lousy head!"

He knows he needs to be isolated "I'll drink my fill and sleep alone".

He's the one who pays in Blood.

Author:  mjmooney [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 20:15 GMT ]
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Well as an atheist, I have no time for any of it, but as an historian I can see that Judaism and Christianity (and Islam, come to that) are simply reboots of the same religion. And I think Dylan, quite sensibly (given the nonsense of it all), has merged the two. As someone says upthread, he believes in the Bible, both parts. He's learned to talk about it as little as possible, so as to avoid poking the hornets' nests of all the squabbling factions, each of which insists it is The True Faith, and wants him in their camp.

Author:  clifford gage [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 20:19 GMT ]
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No need for any squabbling surely?

Dylan is very clearly in both camps. I think we can all live with that.....can't we???

Author:  kuddukan [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 21:59 GMT ]
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Bob just released the most curated and comprehensive collection of his career, spanning 10 audio CDs and a full length movie on DVD for the first time in the Bootleg Series.

This music is a celebration of his dramatic conversion experience to Christianity.

It’s a full throated embrace of this aspect of his career, thumbing the nose at any naysayers.

Obviously, he’s an atheist.

Author:  rolling_thunder [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 22:22 GMT ]
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kuddukan wrote:
Bob just released the most curated and comprehensive collection of his career, spanning 10 audio CDs and a full length movie on DVD for the first time in the Bootleg Series.

This music is a celebration of his dramatic conversion experience to Christianity.

It’s a full throated embrace of this aspect of his career, thumbing the nose at any naysayers.

Obviously, he’s an atheist.


:lol: :lol:

Author:  raging_glory [ Sat November 4th, 2017, 23:08 GMT ]
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kuddukan wrote:
Bob just released the most curated and comprehensive collection of his career, spanning 10 audio CDs and a full length movie on DVD for the first time in the Bootleg Series.

This music is a celebration of his dramatic conversion experience to Christianity.

It’s a full throated embrace of this aspect of his career, thumbing the nose at any naysayers.

Obviously, he’s an atheist.


:lol:

Author:  cloudofwit [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 01:27 GMT ]
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A question worthy of pondering is when Dylan, circa mid-1980s, was asked by an interviewer about exactly this: his current religious beliefs. Dylan responded, asking why no one asked Billy Joel these kinds of questions. Perhaps on offhand comment in an interview but, to me, it summed up Dylan in some significant ways: his wit...his artful deflection...responding to a question with a question (predictable question, followed by an unpredictable response)...and the blues in regard to fame/celebrity. Can't recall if Dylan did cover any religious or spiritual ground in this interview, but sure do remember that one exchange.

Author:  gerardv [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 01:44 GMT ]
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mjmooney wrote:
Well as an atheist, I have no time for any of it, but as an historian I can see that Judaism and Christianity (and Islam, come to that) are simply reboots of the same religion. And I think Dylan, quite sensibly (given the nonsense of it all), has merged the two. As someone says upthread, he believes in the Bible, both parts. He's learned to talk about it as little as possible, so as to avoid poking the hornets' nests of all the squabbling factions, each of which insists it is The True Faith, and wants him in their camp.

I forget where this was published, but a close source said that
there was in Dylan's mind no contradiction or incompatibility
between Judaism and Christianity, contrary to the opinion of adherents
of both faiths. I thought that was telling, and explains a few things.
Dylan's mother also said that Jesus was something between toler-
ated and celebrated in the Jewish community in Hibbing. Anyone
who remembers the sources of these statements, please share.

Author:  Take It Easy Fred [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 01:51 GMT ]
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Glad to hear they treated him nicely over there. He had sort of a rough go in the last town.

Author:  panther [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 02:28 GMT ]
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I think now is good time for Dylan to give up the Sinatra nonsense and release his 'Muslim' album. He could call it Slow Jihad Coming.

But seriously, I am *guessing* Dylan's "religious" (not necessarily the same as "spiritual") life has gone something like this:

1941 to 1955: Jewish by default; memorizing Torah; Bar Mitzvah, etc.

1956-ish to 1966-ish: "angry young man" rejects organized religion

1967-ish to 1977: death of Woody Guthrie and his father (close together), combined with birth of young children, prompts prolonged period of reflective reconsideration and re-reading of Torah and the New Testament, with an open-mindedness to both (resulting in songs from 'Sign on the Cross' to 'Oh Sister', etc.)

1978 to 1980/1981: Vineyard Fellowship cult-ish Christianity, after Dylan is confronted by Jesus in a Tucson, Arizona hotel room and signs up for Bible school

1982-ish to early (?) 1990s: "Messianic Jew" -- he's both a Jew by extended family and a Christian by choice and association (on stage in 1987, he was still describing Jesus as his "hero"). Was in with the Lubavitch-ers but still singing Christian hymns, etc.

Since early/mid(?)-1990s: Combination of everything from the past with less dogma needed; a comfortable post-middle aged resignation that American song and musical traditions will ultimately define his spiritual experience of the material world.


Just my guess. Who knows? Probably not Dylan.

Author:  syd natanist [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 02:44 GMT ]
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Let’s start with the bit on how he told he is Transfigured

So to understand his religious beliefs requires insight from the Transfigured perspective. That means Jesus and Elijah as mentioned above. He also said he went to the Vatican to read up on the theology books housed there on the subject.

From that angle, I can’t imagine anything but a pure, transformed integration and regeneration of his Judaism and Christianity it all their glorious authenticity

Great thing for us is he spills it out all over his art and even tries to tell us about it by invoking a Hell’s Angel

Author:  Futile Horn [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 10:52 GMT ]
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cloudofwit wrote:
A question was asked by an interviewer about exactly this: his current religious beliefs. Dylan responded, asking why no one asked Billy Joel these kinds of question.


This reminds me of a certain witty president, but I think that was quite a relevant question to ask a man who just had sentenced billions of people to hell in the name of his religion. Had Billy Joel done something like that?

Author:  Anr Bjotk [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 11:12 GMT ]
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I ponder if our well-informed friend Clinton Heylin makes any educated guesses of the status quo viz religious views in Trouble in Mind? Can't wait to find out.

Author:  paulmcd [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 14:48 GMT ]
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kuddukan wrote:
Bob just released the most curated and comprehensive collection of his career, spanning 10 audio CDs and a full length movie on DVD for the first time in the Bootleg Series.

This music is a celebration of his dramatic conversion experience to Christianity.

It’s a full throated embrace of this aspect of his career, thumbing the nose at any naysayers.

Obviously, he’s an atheist.
Obviously, you're not a golfer...

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Author:  a.complete.unknown [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 17:20 GMT ]
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kuddukan wrote:
Bob just released the most curated and comprehensive collection of his career, spanning 10 audio CDs and a full length movie on DVD for the first time in the Bootleg Series.

This music is a celebration of his dramatic conversion experience to Christianity.

It’s a full throated embrace of this aspect of his career, thumbing the nose at any naysayers.

Obviously, he’s an atheist.


I am not going to comment on his belief as I have no idea about it. But judging on his current moves with his Nobel lecture, I think that deducing what he wants to celebrate based on what he releases is not a very reliable tactic.

Author:  kuddukan [ Sun November 5th, 2017, 18:31 GMT ]
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I think that Bob’s fans tend to project themselves onto him.

Agnostics and atheists, including the aggressive anti-theist types, seem generally unwilling to admit their hero could believe in fairy tales. Therefore every effort is expended to prove somehow that Bob has rejected his former beliefs.

Judeo-Christian types look and listen to Bob and both see and feel that he is a fellow believer. Since they feel it in their heart, sometimes it is hard to explain to those with a different worldview.

Can these two groups reconcile? My history on ER indicates the answer is no.

Only Bob and God know the truth, all we can do is bicker and fight - which I don’t have the taste for anymore.

Author:  man in the moon [ Mon November 6th, 2017, 17:42 GMT ]
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kuddukan wrote:
I think that Bob’s fans tend to project themselves onto him.

Agnostics and atheists, including the aggressive anti-theist types, seem generally unwilling to admit their hero could believe in fairy tales. Therefore every effort is expended to prove somehow that Bob has rejected his former beliefs.

Judeo-Christian types look and listen to Bob and both see and feel that he is a fellow believer. Since they feel it in their heart, sometimes it is hard to explain to those with a different worldview.

Can these two groups reconcile? My history on ER indicates the answer is no.

Only Bob and God know the truth, all we can do is bicker and fight - which I don’t have the taste for anymore.


As the years roll by I have less and less of a clue what I think Bob Dylan actually believes in. He's done such a good job of obfuscating everything. I don't know who he would have voted for, what God he prays to or anything really. Quite a achievement from the voice of a generation..

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