Interviews with Abunda Yesehaq who Baptised Bob Marley (Jamaica)




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Interviews with Abunda Yesehaq who Baptised Bob Marley

Published May 21, 2003

Interviews with Abunda Yesehaq who Baptised Bob Marley

Below are "clips" from two interviews with Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq on Bob Marley's Baptism that appeared in the Jamaican Media.

Gleaner Interview
In a newspaper interview with Archbishop Abuna Yesehaq done by Barbara Blake Hannah,November 25, 1984, in the Gleaner's Sunday Magazine (pages 2,3,11), titled 'Abuna Yesehaq Looks Back on 14 Years of Ministry in Jamaica' the following was said about Bob Marley's baptism.

"Bob was really a good brother, a child of God, regardless of how people
looked at him. He had a desire to be baptised long ago, but there were
people close to him who controlled him and who were aligned to a different
aspect of Rastafari . But he came to Church regularly. I remember once while
I was conducting the Mass, I looked at Bob and tears were streaming down his face...When he toured Los Angeles and New York and England, he preached the Orthodox faith, and many members in those cities came to the Church because of Bob. Many people think he was baptised because he
knew he was dying, but that is not so...he did it when there was no longer
any pressure on him, and when he was baptised, he hugged his family and wept, they all wept together for about half an hour." (This section below is from p. 11.)

JBCTV Interview
In an Interview the following year (9th July, 1995) on the JBCTV (now called TVJ) program "Profile" he was asked by host Ian Boyne about the bapistim of Bob Marley. Below is a clip from that interview

Ian: You baptized Bob Marley?
Yesehaq: I did baptize Bob Marley in the presence of his wife Rita Marley and his children. Only the family, because he was not so willing to have it officially, it was difficult for him...which I don't want to describe.

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ras zaka
Feb 7, 2011 1:58pm [ 1 ]

AS an adviser and chauffer of Abuna Yesehaq ,i truthfully say all rasta is christian,and bob could not be baptised because some people from twelve tribes would kill him as his money was these people target and extort Rastafarians orit .regardless, all educated believe in CHRISTand the jamaican conflict is one of government neglect to build an Ethiopian embassy in kingston as the jamaican adopted flag is ethiopian.remember ziggy is a deacon from age 7,and abba wa given a rectory by bob to live and build 9 churches of ortxodox historically in jamaica for first time.rasta and orthodox is inseparable with calendar ,kebre negast also respected but the author is lacking overstanding about the love affair of the two.

Bob Wark
Apr 17, 2011 4:47pm [ 2 ]

After visiting -, vacationing in Jamaica in 2010 & again in 2011 , I fell in love with Bob Marley"s music . i'm ashamed to say i didn't know about him at all before that. I did buy two of his CD's while there and play them all the time. I love the upbeatness of his music and the message. i am a practising Christian ,so it is very heartwarming to learn that he was also. In gratitude. Bob Wark Winnipeg, Manitoba

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