The Bible and Bob Marley: Half the Story Has Never Been Told

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With a Bible and guitar, Bob Marley set out to conquer the world of popular music. Rising from humble origins to international stardom, he worked tirelessly to spread a dual message of resistance and redemption-a message inspired by his reading of scripture. Marley's constant reliance on the Bible throughout the stages of his artistic and spiritual paths is an integral part of his story that has not been sufficiently told-until now. This is the first book written on Bob Marley as biblical interpreter. It answers the question, What light does biblical scholarship shed on Marley's interpretation, and what can Marley teach biblical scholars? Focusing on the parts of the Bible that Marley quotes most often in his lyrics, MacNeil provides a close analysis of Marley's interpretation. For students of Marley, this affords a deeper appreciation and understanding of his thought and his art. For students of scripture, it demonstrates the nature of Marley's unique contribution to the field of biblical interpretation, which can be appreciated as an excellent example of what R. S. Sugirtharajah calls "vernacular interpretation" of scripture.

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Dean MacNeil holds an MA in theology from Loyola Marymount University and a BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan. His interests lie in the intersection of music and theology. MacNeil has worked in the music industry for two decades and is a lifelong musician. He lives in Los Angeles, where he has served in young adult and music ministries.

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''This is quite simply a wonderful piece of innovative scholarship. Marley's many followers will surely be impressed with how seriously his words are treated in this book. Dean MacNeil combines a passionate engagement of Marley's lyrics with the critical eye of a serious student of the Bible.''
--Daniel Smith-Christopher, Professor of Old Testament, Loyola Marymount University

''This lucid and well-researched book is a salutary example of careful and sympathetic theological engagement of an important figure in popular culture by a musician-cum-biblical scholar who knows and loves his subject.''
--J. Richard Middleton, Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern Seminary

''Dean MacNeil continues the tradition of transgressive readings of the Bible from the perspective of the subjectivized present . . . inviting the reader to engage the Bible through the lens of the modern biblical shaman, Bob Marley. As a result, the musical legacy of Bob Marley has been opened up for critical reevaluation.''
--David A. Sánchez, Director of the American Cultures Studies Program, Loyola Marymount University --Wipf and Stock Publishers

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