Bob Dylan is one of the greatest American musicians in the last few decades. He has sold more than 100 million albums, won countless awards, and even received a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
But he wishes he hadn’t gone into music. In a recent interview with AARP (Dylan is 73 years old), he said “if I had to do it all over again, I’d be a schoolteacher.” And what subject would he want to teach? Roman history, or theology.
Though he grew up in a Jewish family, in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dylan converted to Christianity. For the first few months of 1979, he attended a Bible study at a Vineyard church in California. He eventually said that he wanted to receive Christ, and prayed a prayer giving his life to Christ with a few of the church’s members.
Nonetheless, in 1997 he told Newsweek:
Here’s the thing with me and the religious thing. This is the flat-out truth: I find the religiosity and philosophy in the music. I don’t find it anywhere else. Songs like “Let Me Rest on a Peaceful Mountain” or “I Saw the Light”—that’s my religion. I don’t adhere to rabbis, preachers, evangelists, all of that. I’ve learned more from the songs than I’ve learned from any of this kind of entity. The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.
That was 18 years ago, and it’s hard to know what he thinks now. So who knows what theology he would be teaching.
But it’s still an fascinating insight in the great musician!
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