Bob Dylan’s Epiphany After ‘Jesus Put His Hand’ On Him

Bob Dylan, by the early 80s, was far away from the peace-seeker Jewish young man he once was: the songwriter had become a self-acclaimed fatalist who had no belief in peace, and, had dedicated his life to Christianity.

His love for religion first originated when Dylan had a ‘spiritual’ experience in 1978, where he claimed Jesus had visited him in his room one night, or, in the rocker’s words:

“There was a presence in the room that couldn’t have been anybody but Jesus.”

The experience had shaken Bob so much that, he’d decided to become a born-again Christian on the spot. He even later explained the ‘epiphany’ while chatting with the Washington Post, recalling how his life changed during Jesus’ late night ‘visit:’

“Jesus put his hand on me. It was a physical thing. I felt it. I felt it all over me. I felt my whole body tremble. The glory of the Lord knocked me down and picked me up.”

After this particular experience, Dylan wrote the songs, ‘Slow Train Coming’ and ‘Do Right To Me, Baby,’ and attended Bible study five times a week, for three months. He also exclusively sang his gospel songs for a period in the 80s, deeming his old songs were ‘anti-God.’

However, there were others who thought ‘Bob Dylan’ was a made-up persona by the songwriter and his ‘new’ spirituality wasn’t authentic. You can check out here to read all about why Sam Shepard and Joni Mitchell believed Dylan was ‘faking’ his life and beliefs, and tried to be someone he’s not.