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Bob Dylan has had a profound influence on the shape of modern pop music (folk, rock, blues) and as a modern literary figure. He has also attracted enormous attention from both professional and amateur "interpreters".
In this book Gilmour offers a thorough study of Dylan's reading of scriptures. He explores the ways in which Dylan transforms biblical images and concepts when he incorporates them into his literary world; it is an attempt to listen to the echoes of scripture in his published works. Gilmour closely reads Dylan's poems and songs and provides commentaries on several themes found in Dylan's work: the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus; apocalypse, justice and judgement; oppressive religion and religious irony. Through these readings, Gilmour calls attention to the various ways Dylan uses scripture both in an explicit and an implicit manner.
|Ch. 1||Bob Dylan and the Bible: Introductory Matters||1|
|Ch. 2||Is Bob Dylan Also among the Prophets?||27|
|Ch. 3||We Heard the Sermon on the Mount||57|
|Ch. 4||World Gone Wrong: Bob Dylan's Apocalyptic Vision||71|
|Ch. 5||A Prophet Like Moses: Redemption in "Love and Theft"||91|
|Ch. 6||Some Conclusions: Last Thoughts on Bob Dylan's Use of Scripture||101|