Bob Dylan: Spirituality

Bob Dylan, icon of the counterculture, became a born-again Christian in 1979. Reportedly, a few years later, he later reverted to the Judaism of his upbringing.

For his Jewish commitments, see: Article Bob Dylan Judaism

Here’s a description of his conversion: On Dylan’s Conversion from the UK newspaper, the The Independent

Ian Bell, in his excellent biography The Lives of Bob Dylan, recounts that though there had been some religious and biblical imagery in Dylan’s lyrics of the Sixties and early and mid-Seventies, it was in 1978 that the artist found God. And it happened in a Tucson hotel room. Certainly Dylan has gone on record saying that late in 1978 he sensed “a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus”, and even felt a hand placed upon him. “Jesus put his hand on me,” he went on, “It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.

Here is a song written in his Christian period.

Here’s an interview about his Christian beliefs:

Here he is about spiritual matters, generally:

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