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Bonus Interview with Author Dean MacNeil (Part 4 of 4)

The Bible and Bob Marley: Half the Story Has Never Been ToldHow are you an authority on this topic? Why should anyone listen to you?

Let’s first look at why people listen to Bob Marley. There is more to it than the fact that it’s good music. Marley’s music carries with it an air of authority because it is infused with experience and scripture. In some ways, this is why someone would listen to what I have to say: because it is based on experience and scripture. When my little brother was killed in a car crash, I felt that my very survival depended on my entering the classroom of Bob Marley, my brother’s favorite musician. That experience led to more than twenty years of researching Marley’s use of the Bible and obtaining a master’s degree in theology, which lends credibility to my understanding of the Bible and Marley’s use of it.

Bonus Interview with Author Dean MacNeil (Part 1 of 4)

The Bible and Bob Marley: Half the Story Has Never Been ToldDoes this book offer validation for Marley’s religion?

Well, I deal with biblical interpretation not religion. The point is not to convert people to Marley’s religion, but for them to learn about the Bible through the lens of Bob Marley, and how to draw life lessons from the Bible as Marley did. Scripture and experience were key for Marley, not religion. In fact, in June 1975 he stated that he didn’t have a religion, but rather “a natural thing you’re supposed to have.” Marley considered spirituality a thing of nature. In June 1976 he said, “Man can’t do without God. Just like you’re thirsty, you have to drink water. You just can’t do without God.”