Exhuming Bob 13, Fit 4: Bob As Messiah

October 14, 2008


Exhuming Bob 13

Fit 4:

Bob As Messiah


R.E. Prindle


The most difficult thing on earth is to believe in something that is palpably untrue.  “We must respect the other fellow’s religion but only in the sense and to the extent that we do his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.”

– H.L. Mencken

I become my own enemy the moment that I preach.

– Bob Dylan


     Religion is palpably untrue whether it be Christianity, Judaism or Moslemism.  The fundamentalist religious attitude is the enemy of reason and hence the mental development of mankind.  Such an attitude no longer has any place in society.  Nevertheless its influence lingers on like some spectre from the crypt of human consciousness.

     Part and parcel of religious fundamentalism is the notion of an external redeemer or messiah.  As the Piscean Age began society fixed itself on the notion that since individuals could not alter their behavior a redeemer or messiah would arise who would redeem their errant behavior.  While the notion was endemic in the ancient world at this change from the Arien to Piscean ages it found its purest expression among the Jews.

     While the Jews did not fix on any one exemplar as the Messiah the Western world did.  Thus Jesus became the  sole exemplar of a Messiah for them as they expectantly awaited his second coming.

     Christianity is at its bottom an offshoot of Judaism as is the later Arab edition of the Semitic religious group, Moslemism.  Both Judaism and Moslemism have a rather fluid notion of messianism.  Anyone may declare himself a messiah in Judaism as in Moslemism.  In Moslemism the messiah goes by the name of the Mahdi or Expected One.

     Over the centuries innumerable messiahs and mahdis have appeared, failed and disappeared while the Christian world of the West patiently awaited the return of its Jesus.  It’s been a long wait and it probably won’t end too soon.

     The appeal of messianism is very strong for the individual.  I would imagine that every boy with a Christian or Jewish upbringing has wondered whether he might be the embodiment of Jesus as the second coming or the Messiah to redeem the people.  As always Jewish claimants proliferate.  If he is not disabused of the notion by adolescence he could probably be found wandering around the insane asylum with the many other imitations of Christ.

     In the Eastern world such is not the case.   While weak personalities go under strong personalities may very well impress their fantasy on society although invariably with disastrous results.  Bob’s Jewish namesake, Sabbatai Zevi, was one of these who flourished in the seventeenth century.  Sigmund Freud was one in the last century.

     Naturally in the conflict between imagined anointment and actual realities a dual personality must come into existence, thus we have, for instance, Bobby Zimmerman and his alter ego Bob Dylan.  Beginning in the nineteenth century when science began to challenge societal religious fantasies dual personalities became more common or, at least, became more prominent in literature.

     Literature is full of dual personalities from the Dupin and the narrator of Poe through the Scarlet Pimpernel, Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and a much longer list.  One of the more amazing examples is Bobby Zimmerman/Bob Dylan the little Jewish kid and the quasi-Cowboy pop star.  Throughout his career Bob has wavered between the two, now one, now the other.  In the late seventies and early eighties he appeared to embrace Christianity for a few years and then abruptly returned to that of the Orthodox Lubavitcher Jew.  Just recently he passed through a Cowboy phase and now, as per this recent picture he has re-emerged as a Hebrew prophet complete with peyos and a vaguely demented look like some ancient Ezekiel or Jeremiah. (go to touchingtheelephant.wordpress.com Bob Dylan Marchin’ To The City)

     Disquisitions such as this will disturb the equanimity of religious fundamentalists.

     Will Bob now regale us with Jeremiads as he preached to us in 1980?  To find that answer one must go back to the now ancient past in the little Minnesota town of Hibbing up on the Iron Range.

     Bob’s memories of the North Country are as dualistic as his personality.  He speaks of bittler cold winters, so cold that one slept in multiple layers of clothes and summers so swelteringly hot and humid as to be in the Great Dismal Swamp.

     And then he was Jewish in what has been characterized as a predominantly Catholic town.  A small Jewish island in a sea of foreign culture.  In those postwar days when his Jews lived in trembling fear of an impossible American Nazi holocaust.   Jews hid their origins and culture as much as possible denying their religion and seeking to blend in as seamlessly as chameleons.  Thus it was as young Bobby Zimmerman entered high school.  Then in 1956 as he approached the massive front doors of his high school the Jews of the eight year old State of Israel fought a lightning war with the surrounding Arabs.  Instead of being driven into the sea sas the Arabs propesied they themselves were humiliated and driven back.  How now?  The Jews became assertive in their identity emerging to challenge the dominant culture for supremacy.  They ceased to be humble, hence, the sixties.

     Already masters of Hibbing’s retail district one imagines they began to flex their muscles without fear of gas chambers.  Foremost among them, the President of the local chapter of B’nai B’rith and the ADL, was little Bobby Zimmerman’s own father, Abram.  Abram took to smoking huge black cigars, a sure sign of aggressive manhood.

     Years later when Bob Dylan had immured Bobby Zimmerman behind walls like in Poe’s Cask of Amontillado, Bob Dylan would return to Hibbing and combine the two images of his childhood of the two Zimmermans as he sat on a motorcycle on a corner smoking an immense black cigar.  What vision of vengeance was this?  As one of his cowboy heroes, Hank Snow, sang:  I’ve got a troubled mind.

     Bob’s father Abram viewed himself as something of a Jewish scholar.  He had a bent toward the Orthodox even toward the Lubavitcher.  In 1954 as his son’s Bar Mitzvah approached he sent for a Lubavitcher Rabbi to instruct his son in the puerilities of the Lubavitcher approach to Judaism.  The Rabbi, one Reuben Maier, was undoubtedly brought to Hibbing on a one year trial contract.  When the year was up and the congregation had rejected him he left.

     In telling of his Bar Mitzvah indoctrination Bob dramtizes Rabbi Maier’s arrival as a mystery with himself as the messianic center of the mystery.  As he tells it one day a Greyhound bus ground to a stop at the Hibbing terminal; the Rabbi stepped off and said:  Where’s Bobby Zimmerman, I’m here to indoctrinate him into the Lubavitcher mysteries.  I exaggerate for effect of course but true to the spirit.  Then having taught Bobby what he was supposed to learn he reboarded the bus and disappeared down Highway 61 as mysteriously as he arrived.  It could have seemed that way to a thirteen year old.  The key point is that Bobby learned what the Rabbi had to teach.  As Bob said he taught him what he had to know.

     If the accounts are correct Bobby Zimmerman’s was the first Bar Mitzvah in town for several years and it was huge.  Four hundred or more people were in attendance.  One assumes that the loot collected was beyond the avarice of the average thirteen year old.  Bob boasted of the Bar Mitzvah for years.

     But of more importance for us is what information Rabbi Reuben imparted to Bob.  I have pointed out in Fit 2 that Rabbi Maier was associated with Rabbi Schneerson in Brooklyn, New York.  Schneerson had strong notions of the superiority of the Jew to all other peoples while having a strong notion of the messianic nature of Judaism in bringing the word of the Jewish god to the peoples.  This is absolutely undeniable and calling someone who tells the truth to you an anti-Semite will not change the truth.  Such an accusation only makes the accuser look an ignoramus.

     It would seem to follow then that Rabbi Maier could teach his young disciple nothing other than the prevailing Lubavitcher doctrines of Rabbi Schneerson.

     Indeed in later life Bob Dylan would write the symbolical song Quinn The Eskimo while after his Christian stint say words to the effect:  ‘You know what?  Things are going to fall apart and all peoples are going to run to the Jews to save them.  But, guess what,  the Jews won’t be able to do it because they haven’t lived according to the Law.’   Sounds just like the Protocols, doesn’t it, Sean?

     Now, where do you suppose Bob would pick up an idea like that?

     Enduring heavy Jewish indoctrination during his high school years Bob was also conflicted by his immersion in the dominant culture thus contributing to his dual personality.  Thus we have Cowboy Bob who listened to endless hours of Country and Western and we have Rabbi Bob using his pulpit to preach Jewish tenets, whether in Christian form or not, to what passed for his faithful.

     Starting from a low base Bob was actually to gather a following of millions as of this date.  Many if not most of them see him as either a Christian savior or a Jewish messiah.

     Young Bobby Zimmerman left Hibbing in a state of Mixed Up Confusion that it would take him decades to order as much as he ever has.

     I hope I haven’t unduly offended anyone but the fanatics to this point.  They will always scream anti-Semite at anyone who challenges their cherished fantasies.  They are religious fundamentalists and are to be scorned by any intelligent people.  Disrgard them.  Laugh at them.  If the reader will find the story anti-Semitic then all I can say is that he or she find the truth anti-Semitic.

Owls- they whinny down the night;

Bats go zigzag by.

Ambushed in shadow beyond sight

The outlaws lie.


Old gods, tamed to silence, there

In the wet woods they lurk,

Greedy of human stuff to snare

in nets of murk.


Look up, else your eye will drown

In a moving sea of black;

Between the tree-tops, upside down,

Goes the sky-track.


Look up, else your feet will stray

Into that ambuscade

Where spider-like they trap their prey

With webs of shade.


For though creeds whirl away in dust,

Faith dies and men forget,

These aged gods of power and lust

Cling to life yet-


Old gods almost dead, malign,

Starving for unpaid dues;

Incense and fire, salt, blood and wine

And a drumming muse,


Banished to woods and a sickly moon,

Shrunk to mere bogey things,

Who spoke with thunder once at noon

To prostrate kings:


With thunder from an open sky

To warrior, virgin, priest,

Bowing in fear with a dazzled eye

Toward the dreaded East-


Proud gods, humbled, sunk so low,

Living with ghosts, and ghouls,

And ghosts of ghosts, and last year’s snow

And Dead Toadstools.

Outlaws by Robert Graves.

Fit 5 follows in another post.


2 Responses to “Exhuming Bob 13, Fit 4: Bob As Messiah”

  1. hariyanto27 Says:


    Tahun 1428 H / 2007 M

    Oleh ALJABIR

    Allaahu Akbar ….9 x, Allaahu akbar kabira, walhamdulillaahi katsiira, wa subhaanallaahi bukratan wa ashiila, laa ilaaha illallaahu wallaahu akbar, allaahu akbar wa lillaahil hamd Alhamdulillaahilladzii arsala rasuulahu bil hudaa wa diinil haq, liyuzhhirahuu ‘alad diini kullihii walau karihal musyrikuun. Ashhadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa syariikalah wa ashhadu anna muhammadan ‘abduhuu wa rasuuluh. Allahumma shalli wa sallim wa baarik ’alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammad, wa ’alaa aalihii wa shahbihii ajma’iin.

    Amma ba’du, fayaa ‘ibaadallaah, ittaqullaaha haqqa tuqaatih wa laa tamuutunna illaa wa antum muslimuun. Yaa aiyyuhalladziina aamanuu, athii’ullaaha wa athii’ur rasuula wa ulil amri minkum; fa in tanaaza’tum fii syai-in farudduuhu ilallaahi war rasuuli inkuntum tu`minuuna billaahi wal yaumil aakhir; dzaalika khairun wa ahsanu ta`wiila. Qaalallaahu ta’aala fii kitaabihil kariim, A’uudzu billaahi minasy syaithaanir rajiim. Bismillaahir rahmaanir rahiim

    No they await except ( the executing of truth) that Al Holy. on coming nya of[is truth of that news Al Holy, say the people who forget [it] before that in fact have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we bring which rights, , Hence [Is] there any for us aid giver to lift a hand for us, or our dapatkah [is] brought back ( to world) so that we can do a good deed [is] other the than which we have practice?. Really they have harmed themselves and have vanish from them The infinite which they there [is]

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    [Is] echoed to all you [is] News which is from your The infinite [is], so that you know that all [of] this mankind [is] awaiting arrival [of] a child [of] human being which ianya govern the this Allah Earth empire by Kalam [is] Its The infinite All human being await the arrival [of] a child [of] human being agreing what [is] on them. All human being await a child [of] human being which can unite all human being on this earth by running what they suspect [is] a[n truth.

    Partly human being await the very Imam Mahdi apparition [is] they believe the Imam Mahdi will lead they fight the heathen. Partly human being await to descend the nya ‘ Jesus from sky which ready to kill the Almasihud Dajjal. Partly human being await the arrival of[is the Fair Queen so that govern.

    This Indonesia dispassionately. There [is] awaiting its reincarnation [is] the Buda Sidarta Gautama so that earth chockablock the beauty [of] ethic kindness. There [is] awaiting Kresna return to launch its dart [is] which ready to penetrate the heart and bad people who liver. And a lot of name again awaited [by] a human being on this earth.

    All name which you await that it is the only [is] Allah name creating sky and earth and existing among both, even creating dirimu, that with His name [is] I submit all to to you greet from God which The most Humane. With the your The infinite affection, hence I come your fore part [is] all submit what from [at] Nya, so that you will coalesce in God affection.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that nothing that argue but infidel people. I come non fighting heathen such as those which you reputedly other;dissimilar [is] heathen, so that try the you variously kill, libeling even dissipate the people from its residency this one very prohibited by Alqur`An but most this number you [is] excellency deed. Mostly you follow the step syaithan looking into ugly deed goodness conversely look into ugly [of] good deed.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, [is] real so that Dajjal which during the time hide with the falsehood in religion. Hence after reality Dajjal, hopefully all its follower will be invited to Allah religion. They make the falsehood by telling: ” you is to Allah and Rasul” so that impersonate don’t know who will be followed [by] because no more Rasulnya. Finally they only berpedoman with the science, do a good deed the, religious service, what they have perbuat from their ancestors. If there [is] doing do not like science, do a good deed, and religious service, what they perbuat, hence religious advices the sesorang [of] infidel or pervert or with the other despicable sentence.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that when I echo the [is] same as what echoed [by] predecessor [of] before that is Prophet heir: ” godfearing [of] all you to Allah and Rasul”, hence one who believe very knowing [is] who following of. Them [do] not bluff the x’self with the science claimed of, [do] not bluff the x’self with the charitable which have dikerjakanya, [do] not bluff the x’self with the its[his] solemn religious service, with the power which [is] taking hold of of, with the estae [of] result of its effort, dsb. Even they surender the x’self, subduing x’self, taslim, Islam, as great as swear by mouth nya: ” Asyhadu An laa ilaaha illallaahu wa asyhadu anna Muhammadar Rasuulullaah” ” I testify that [there] no God [of] besides Allah and I testify that Muhammad of Allah courier”

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    I come to you to echo God Kalam, so that after you follow me, hence you will do [is] by what pleased [by] your The infinite. You will very reluctant and fear to do what prohibited [by] your The infinite, so finally religious people who have the august and beautiful ethic kindness according to for guide of Allah and Rasul, not merely simply with the mind guide Iust which during the time obtaining of from known.

    I come echoing God Kalam, so that touch the liver [of] people who look for the truth of. Their conciousness from what during the time they perbuat. Negligent people awaked [by] that without effect what their them perbuat [is] number that they medium have done which as well as possible. Even enter the hell for people who shalat, when echoed [by] their Alqur`An still tell: ” previously this really have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we are by bringing truth”. [At] my matter have never told first have never come the Rasul, even I agree the former Rasul-Rasul [is] which they also echo like what I echo this time to you. But negligent people from before now fulminate when sent a warning by Kalam-Kalam [is] God. They stand at bay by what which they get from their ancestors curtsey although their ancestors [do] not even if will berfikir but only dogma and have never got the guide from Allah but thagut promisedly [by] [is] heaven.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    Thagut with the Dajjalnya make the dogma and promise to its follower, hopefully we get syafaat [in] final yaumil later [at] seiap khuthbah Friday or when they orate the dsb. Though they [have] no business get the syafa’at but one who have got the promise from Enamoured God side. Thagut and the Dajjalnya make the dogma and promise to its follower that if they practice the deed shalih [of] like what practiced during the time they will enter the heaven. Though Whether/What number you that you enter the heaven [of] before conducived to [by] what conducived to to people [of] before you, so that Rasul and people who trust with [it] say: ” If/When come the nya of Allah help?” Know the, Allah help very near by.

    Really they harm themselves by following dogma thagut, promise the Dajjal which is with its libel [is] most famous :

    no more Rasul, though with the yours medial existence Rasul that’s as condition that there is heaven as sensible people aspiration

    no more Apocalipse, so that when I echo the Godlike Apocalipse, Kalam Allah, Yours Alqur`An argue [it] with the science, do a good deed and religious service

    Leader [do] not [is] obliged to be obeyed, so that you make the damage on earth this Allah with the mask do a good deed shalih.

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    negligent Wahai people who, really you have harmed the dirimu [by] xself and destroy to perish what during the time you there [is] when I submit.

    to all you [is] this truth Alqur`An news [is] you still be neglected by telling: ” First have come God Rasul-Rasul [is] we bring the truth”. Vanish from them The infinite which they there [is] by negating Rasul after and negate the Leader obeyed. They joke the God which its name [is] Allah but negate the Rasul and Leader, though God (it) is true there [is] which its name [is] Allah, proven conducived toly of Rasul to lead the human being on earth this Allah. If this resident negri [is] believe and godfearing, undoubtedly We will open to for blessing them from sky and earth, but they still doubt of even lie [it], hence We ‘ their adzab with the caused [by] global warm-up issue [is] its deed doubting of and mendustakan.

    I invite the Queen Balqis, this Leader Negri, by Kalam [is] God:

    Innahuu min sulaimaana wa innahuu bismillaahir rahmaanir rahiim.

    Allaa ta’luu ‘alaiyya wa`tuunii muslimiin.

    In fact that letter from Suiaiman and in fact: ” By The Name Of Allah Which is Generous The most again The most Humane.

    That you don’t be all go into effect to bluff to ku and come to me as Islam people.”

    : [is] incoming but only intel he

    Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … Allaahu akbar … wa lillaahil hamd.

    Baarakallaahu lii wa lakum fil qur`aanil ‘azhiim. Wanafa’anii wa iyyakum bimaa fiihi minal aayaati wadzdzikril hakiim. Wataqabbala minnii wa minkum tilaawattahu, innahu huwas samii’ul ‘aliim. Aquulu qauli hadzaa, fastagfiruuh, innallaaha gafuurur rahiim.

    KHUTBAH ke-2

    Allaahu akbar …7 x kabiira, walhamdulillaahi katsiira, wa subhaanallaahi bukratan wa ashiila. Alhamdulillaahilladzii anzala ‘alaa ‘abdihil kitaaba wa lam yaj’allahu ‘iwaja.

    Asyhadu an laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahuu laa syariikalah, wa asyhadu anna Muhammadan ‘abduhuu rasuuluh.

    Allaahumma shallii wa sallim wa baarik ‘alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammadin wa ‘alaa aalihii wa ashhaabihii ajma’iin.

    ‘amma ba’du fa yaa ‘ibaadallaah : ittaqullaaha mastatha’tum, wa saari’uu ilaa magfiratir rabbil ‘aalamiin.

    Fa qaala ta’aala : innallaaha wa malaa-ikatahuu yushalluuna ‘alannabiyy, yaa aiyyuhalladziina aamanuu shalluu ‘alaihi wa sallimu tasliimaa.

    Allaahumma shallii wa sallim wa baarik ‘alaa saiyyidinaa Muhammad, saiyyidil mursaliin, wa ‘alaa aalihii wa ashhaabihii wa azwaajihii wa dzurriyyatihii ajma’iin. Wardhallaahumma ‘alaa arba’atihil khulafaa-ir raasyidiin, Abii bakrin wa ‘umara wa ‘utsmana wa ‘aliy, wa ‘alaa baqiyyatish shahaabati wattaabi’iin, wa taabi’it taabi’iin waman tabi’ahum bi ihsaanin ilaa yaumid diin, wa ‘alainaa birahmatika yaa arhamar raahimiin.

    Allaahummashlih wulaati jamii’il muslimiin, wanshuril islaama wal muslimiin, wa ahlikil kafarati wal musyrikiin, wa a’li kalimatika ilaa yaumid diin.

    Allaahummagfir lil muslimiina wal muslimaat, walmu`miniina wal mu`minaat, al ahyaa-i minhum wal amwaat, innaka samii’un qariibun mujiibud da’waat, wa yaa qaadhiyal haajaat. Rabbanaa aamannaa bimaa anzalta wattaba’nar rasuula faktubnaa ma’asy syaahidiin.

    ‘ibaadallaah. Innallaaha ya`murukum bil ‘adli wal ihsaan, wa iitaa-idzil qur`baa wa yanhaa ‘anil fahsyaa-i wal munkari wal bagy. Ya’iizhukum la’allakum tadzakkaruun, fadzkurullaaha yadzkurkum wad’uuhu yastajiblakum wa ladzikrullaahi akbar. Assalaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuh.

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