Bob Dylan And The Dylavinci Code (Part XXIX)

By Larry Fyffe

Said by some art historians that Leonardo da Vinci replaces the bad-boy Apostle John with Mary Magdalene in the painting “The Last Supper”.

Christ’s bond with her is much stronger than the relationships He has with His male companions.

Close examination of the Dylavinci Code demonstrates that indeed Christ has a long-term relationship with Mary, but, hold on to your seatbelts, it’s a bumpy ride.

Turns out Maggie has multiple personalities, and Jesus manages to kick out only seven of them.

For example, she easily changes from ‘Spanish Mary” to “French Marie”, and then back again.

As the song lyrics beneath reveal, Jesus is in France to meet up with pregnant Mary; He runs into a bit of trouble, and, lo and behold, something strange happens:

They threw me in the alley
When up comes this girl from France
Who invited me to her house
I went, but she had a friend
Who knocked me out
And robbed my boots
And I was on the street again
(Bob Dylan: 115th Dream)

Mary’s ‘half-siblings’ Martha and Lazarus are living with her in France, and are a bit surprised that Jesus is caught off guard because of a similar incident that happened in America.

Indicated in the following song lyrics:
Shakespeare's in the alley 
With his pointed shoes and his bells
Speaking to some French girl
Who says she knows me well
(Bob Dylan: Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again)

Magdalene’s schizophrenia explains in part why Jesus bounds her up “undead” in the Sphinx –  to protect their child, and to save Himself from any of her unsavory personalities.

Vivien, first wife of TS Eliot, suffers a similar fate, dies in a mental hospital.

The singer/songwriter as “Jesus, the Thief” could be playing that role again, cohabiting with his grown-up daughter for a time in some Gothic Usher Castle in order to strengthen the right of family members to the hold the keys to the pearly gates through their blood line.

Or Dylan as “Jesus, the Joker”, could just be pulling a fast one on everybody.

In the verse beneath, Jesus and Mary gaily ride up to the Magdala Castle on the Sea of Galilee while the wind laughs it’s clouds off:

Outside in the distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
The wind began to howl
(Bob Dylan: All Along The Watchtower)

As Jesus is always telling Mary, “He who laughs last, laughs loudest”.

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