The Book of Job – a Bible Rap

Matt Bar
August 9, 2013
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When discussing sin in a Jewish context inevitably the Book of Job comes up. Why do bad things happen to good people? Does sin have cosmic repercussions? Give a listen to the Bible Raps version of The Book of Job as I use the questions raised by the Book of Job to investigate my own relationship with sin and hardship. Listen: Here. Lyrics are below.

Intro (all lines from the Book of Job):

my pain is an iron lion – his main is chains his brain is tameless
why on earth would my name be a curse to the nameless?
gotta friend calls me shameless thinks my pain proves I’m not blameless
skin is full blisters and i’m bathing in my vomit
i had everything when the wind came and tossed it
got a friend whose preachin i’m just reapin what i sown
– like i gotta sin within for each and every moan oh…

lord why you decide to hurt my 3rd eye,
curse my birds eye view
at the end of endless pain all i see is you…
lord, your in this place, so close i could spit in your face
would that make me a sinner, pain pills for dinner
had a bad headache since 2008 Winnter
but i ain’t a tragic figure, life is a witch so she got a magic figure
i’m still askin’ for her finger
and its on and thats rights baby
and I’m a marry me a jewish not a white lady
control the s on the ‘bless’ thats right save me
Whether Biggie or Bieber its baby baby
i ain’t lying i’m a shine as i polish up my grind
remember back in the day headache used to have me rhyme
gd i know your in this place
close enough to praise or to spit in your face.

put em up put a hand put a fist up this aint a dance no its something like a Stick up
Put em up put a hand put a fist up stick to the script hip hop with a hic cup
Life, life is just a witch i’m trying to switch into my wife, & u don’t stop and you don’t quit
Love, love becomes a vulture when it falters as a dove, & u don’t stop and you don’t quit
Gd, Gd is who i dream is on my team, & u don’t stop and you don’t quit
Still I try, ‘try’ then begs the question of ‘why?’ why i don’t stop, why i don’t quit

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Matt Bar is founder and Executive Director of Bible Raps, a non-profit born from Matt's desire to engage his Hebrew School classes on a deeper and more contemporary level than the way they were being taught at the time. Bible Raps launched out of Bar's participation in the PresenTense Institute during the summer of 2007. He continued to further his Jewish education during his 2008 year of study at The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Since its inception, Bible Raps has reached tens of thousands of young Jews with Torah-rich performances in schools, Hillels, conferences and camps across the US and abroad. Their teaching materials are being used in countless classrooms and teachers are currently being trained to be certified "Bible Raps educators". ‬ ‪In 2011, Bar was also named to The ‬NY‪ Jewish Week's "36 Under 36" list, a prestigious list ‬"highlighting the dedicated lay leaders who are reordering our legacy organizations alongside community activists and social justice crusaders whose startups are chock-full of innovation,". He is also 2009-2010 member of slingshot. Before his current role as Executive Director of Bible Raps, Bar was also featured on MTV and NBC, has opened for Grammy winning group Outkast and performed at numerous clubs and venues as a folk rapper. Matt currently resides in Philadelphia and is working on Bible Raps Album #3 and hoping to put out Hip Hop Lullabies, within the calendar year.

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