US musician Bob Dylan performs during on day 2 of The Hop Festival in Paddock Wood, Kent on June 30th 2012. .
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Bob Dylan’s body of work justifies his being awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, his singer-songwriter son-in-law, Peter Himmelman, told The Jerusalem Post on Thursday.
“It certainly is a prestigious award, and there’s no question that he deserves it,” said Himmelman, who is married to Dylan’s daughter Maria. “I’ve always been very inspired by his work as a songwriter, so as the song goes, I second that emotion.”
Himmelman, who is an observant Jew, said he can see Jewish themes behind some of Dylan’s seminal songs that focused on injustice and tikkun olam, but added that it was probably one of many influences on Dylan’s songwriting.
“God knows I love the Jews, but we’re not the only people talking about justice,” said Himmelman.
“But I don’t think you can be born and raised a Jew in America and not have some feelings about those subjects. I’m sure his experiences and environment were part of his writing.”
When asked if Dylan is a spiritual person, Himmelman coyly answered, “Well, it certainly appears that way from his writing.”