Many fans around the nation will observe the 40th anniversary of the death of music icon Elvis Presley with concerts, look-a-like contests and peanut butter and banana sandwiches. The Museum of the Bible, however, is offering an online look at Presley’s personal Bible, complete with his handwritten notes in the margins, and underlined passages.
“Celebrities don’t get much bigger than Elvis Presley,” said Steven Bickley, vice president of marketing for the new 430,000-square foot museum, which opens in the nation’s capital in November.
“He is a prime example of the unparalleled influence of this book. His life may have taken a few twists and turns along the way, but it’s clear, as evidenced by his own handwritten notes, that the Bible had a profound impact on him,” Mr. Bickley said.
In partnership with Bible.com, the museum has provided a seven-day reading guide for the Presley Bible, found here.
The “Rockin’ through the Psalms with the King” includes much evidence that the singer and film star took guidance from his King James version Bible.
Below Psalm 11:1, Elvis wrote, “In the Lord I place my trust and He will guide me.”
Psalm 43:3 is underlined with a note at the top of the page reading, “Lord send me light to guide me,” and jotted& at the bottom of page 670, in reference to Psalm 137:5-9, are the words, “Trust in the Lord, not man.”
Elvis also looked to the Bible for inspiration for his music, the museum said.
Jotted below Psalm 81, Elvis wrote, “Sing the Lord Praises.” In reference to Psalm 149:3-6, it reads, “The highest graces of music flow from the feelings of the heart-soul.”
Various other phrases and words are also underlined in Psalm 149 with the words, “Sing for the Glory of God,” written in Elvis’ handwriting at the end of the Book of Psalms.
The Bible itself, currently under private ownership, was on loan to museum scholars in 2014.