Tell you about the Blackman Redemption; can you dig it? Can you dig the fact that Bob Marley was a Jew? He was. The original Hebrews are Black people and Bob’s mother Cedella was a black woman, which makes her an original Jew. Since Bob Marley’s mother was an original Jew, he too is Jewish by virtue of “matrilineal descent”. But even looking at it in today’s definition of what makes one a Jew, Bob Marley is still a Jew.
Bob Marley’s paternal grandmother was a Jewish woman by the name of Ellen Bloomfield, who migrated to Jamaica, from Syria via England. She died on October 25, 1952 in St Andrew, Jamaica. She left behind two sons; Robert Marley and Norval Marley. Because Ellen Bloomfield was Jewish, her sons were also automatically Jewish. The child of a Jewish mother is Jewish irrespective of the faith and cultural identity of the father. So there is no disputing the fact that Bob Marley’s father, Norval Marley was a Jew.
So does being born to a Jewish father makes you a Jew? Yes it does. In recent years, liberal streams of Judaism have broadened the definition of what makes one a Jew. Reform and Reconstructionist streams of Judaism consider a child of one Jewish parent to be Jewish, regardless of whether the Jewish parent is mother or father. This idea is usually called “patrilineal descent,” although “bilineal” or “equilineal” descent is really more accurate.
So whether Jew to you means the original Hebrews (Blacks) or today’s version of Jews, Bob Marley is still a Jew.
Regardless of how you look at it, the king of reggae is just:
Coming from the root of King David
Through to the lineage of Solomon,
His Imperial Majesty is the Power of Authority…
Spread out, spread out.
Oh yea, where you sit is where you stand; but wherever you stand on this one, just remember: There is no deed to get jumpy, no need to get bumpy and there is no need to walk away. Peace. Shalom.
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