Bob Dylan Passes On The Bet 

by Larry Fyffe

As previously noted, the New Testament has Christ and his disciples celebrate  the ”Passover’ meal before He’s crucified:

Now the feast of the unleavened bread drew nigh
Which is called the Passover ....
Now when the hour was come
He sat down, and the twelve apostles with Him

(Luke 22: 1,14)

The story changes in the Gospel of St. John; Jesus has an ordinary supper; then waits a while to be served up as the metaphorical “Lamb of God” at the Passover meal after He’s crucified:

Now before the feast of the Passover
When Jesus knew that his hour has come
That He should depart out of the world unto the Father
Having loved His own which were in the world
He loved them unto the end
(John 13:1)

As well, it might be construed that in Luke’s version there’s still a chance for Jesus to escape after the week-long “Festival of Unleavened Bread” is over:

The festival was over, and the boys were all planning for a fall
The cabaret was quiet except for the drilling in the wall ....
Then he walked up to a stranger, and asked him with a grin
"Could you tell me, friend, what time the show begins?"
Then he moved into the corner, face down like the Jack Of Hearts
(Bob Dylan: Lily, Rosemary, And The Jack Of Hearts)

It’s really mixed-up confusion – akin to the shooting to death of Jack Kennedy who has an affair with “Lilli” Marlene Dietrich; his mother’s named Rose:

They killed him once, and they killed him twice
Killed him like a human sacrifice
The day they killed him, someone said to me, "Son
The day of the AntiChrist has just begun"
(Bob Dylan: Murder Most Foul)

The New Testament assures doubters that, unlike the later fate of President Kennedy, Jesus literally comes back to life, and what’s more, the Passover meal is transformed from being a celebration of the Hebrew’s escape from Egypt into a rather Gothic ritual:

Then Jesus said unto them
"Verily, Verily,  I say unto you
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man
And drink His blood
Ye shall have no life in you"

(John 6:53)

Taking on a Christian viewpoint to a degree is one thing, but contemplating such an ugly thought is quite another if you’re from a firm Jewish background:

Never could learn to drink that blood
And call it wine
Never could learn to hold you, love
And call you mine
(Bob Dylan: Tight Connection To My Heart)

Likewise, as also mentioned before, the Christian dogma of ‘original sin’ is a hard card to play:

Temptation's not an easy thing, Adam given the devil reig
Because he sinned I got no choice, it run in my vein
Well, I'm pressing on; yes, I'm pressing on; well, I'm pressing on 
To the higher calling of my Lord
 (Bob Dylan: Pressing On)

In any event – at least in the spiritual sense – be he Jack or be he Jesus, the drifter escapes death.

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