By Larry Fyffe
Jezebel of Tyre marries Ahab, the ruler of (North) Israel, Solomon’s former kingdom of Canaan having been split in two – into Israel and Judea. Jezebel is determined to have her people worship nature and agriculture (symbolized by Baal) to the dismay of the followers of Yahweh:
According to the Bible, she and her allies treat the followers of the Hebrew God rather badly:
The prophet Joel warns the inhabitants of the North Country that the true God will punish them if they don’t mend their wicked ways:
The New Testament Book of Revelation is filled with allegories and symbols in reference to ‘end times’ and the Second Coming. Old Testament-oriented Bob Dylan’s song lyrics lend themselves to an interpretation of history as a recurring cycle of bright and dark times; various groups tick off the clock in a game of ‘king of the hill’.
There’s the poor being downtrodden by the rich:
As far as religion goes, whether a follower of cow-headed Isis, or of Jezebel’s Baal, or of the cross-bearing Christian Fathers of St. Herman, the culture of the ‘stranger’ is considered something to be destroyed – ie, the indigenous beliefs of the Inuit.
The Book of Joel again used by Dylan as a template:
Assuming an autobiographical aspect, singer/songwriter Bob Dylan (watched from above by the jealous eye of the Thunder God Zeus) is not beyond taking a humorous look at himself and some aspects of the Jewish religion:
He loves that country pie.
When it comes right down to it, perhaps Jezebel, the lover of the agricultural northern coastal plains of Israel, be the victim of bad press:
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