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:

Zig Ziglar: The Victorious Life

Hello All,

I post this interview because Ziglar’s Christian philosophy offers an antidote to the world-denying ethos of suffering, which is prevalent in some Christian piety. Ziglar asserts that the life of faith (and morality generally) lead one to success and happiness, in this world here and now. Our happiness is not relegated to the distant hereafter even though the fate of our life here and now does, in some way, hinge on our sense of the eternal. Please note that I do not agree with all of Ziglar’s views nor with the conservative Christian morality that he presupposes.

Here’s his faith testimony. See link: Confessions of a Happy Christian

 

Jewish Divine Healing (by Alfred G. Moses)

Link to Divine Science Jewish

This book (see link above) demonstrates how divine healing works in Judaism. The author draws significantly from the Hasidic lineage, which has been widespread in Europe and the US since the 18th century. Divine Science is equivalent, the author says, to the Jewish understanding of Wisdom, plentifully documented throughout the Bible and Jewish traditions.  Please follow the link above for a pdf of the book.

Jewish Divine Science, discussed by this author, is in conversation with Christian Science. The author strongly rejects Christian Science and advises Jews to look for healing within their own Jewish traditions.

 

 

Lillian Schwabe: Healer

Here’s a healer of Jewish heritage (Lillian Schwabe: 1911-2012) who became a Christian Scientist.

Here’s a link to it and interview with her. 

Interview Link: Lillian and Jewish/Christian Science

The healer, Lillian Schwabe, was 100 years old (in 2011) when she was interviewed by A Better World. (See link above.) She practiced a method of divine healing, which was rooted in Christian Science while shaped by Jewish spirituality and scriptures.  Here’s a fascinating and inspiring interview.