Johnny Cash Estate Shares the ‘Man in Black’s Handwritten Notes on Personally Selected Bible Verses in Honor of Easter

by Clayton Edwards

For many people, Easter is a day of prayer and reflection. For those people, the commercialization of the day hasn’t clouded the holy significance of the holiday. To remind us all of the Man in Black’s faith, Johnny Cash’s estate shared a great image. In the tweet, they show some handwritten notes from Cash’s Bible studies.

Many fans think of Johnny Cash as an outlaw. Some of his biggest hits talk about prison and other aspects of a rough life. However, there was much more to the Man in Black than that. He was a man of faith. After he broke free from the chains of addiction and found the love of his life in June Carter, he truly dug into his faith. In fact, in the late seventies, he earned a degree in theology and became a minister. So, that explains why he had detailed notes on Bible passages.

A Closer Look at Johnny Cash’s Bible Study Notes

If you look at the notes, you can see that Johnny Cash was deliberate in his study. At the top of the page, in the margin, it notes that there are 99 scriptures cited. However, a closer look shows that this was a very focused study.

The heading of Johnny Cash’s notes states that it focuses on what Jesus Christ had to say about things. Under that, there are several subheadings. These finer points include things like enemies, prayer, the end of the world, honesty, and love among others. Furthermore, you can see that all of the verses in the notes come from the Book of Matthew. So, it’s safe to assume that this was the beginning of the Man in Black’s notes on the Gospels.

In his music, and even as part of his overall image, Johnny Cash did his best to put his faith on full display. For instance, take a look at his 1971 hit “Man in Black,” for some evidence of this. Cash has almost always appeared in black suits. The song is an explanation for why he chooses to wear the color that is closely linked to mourning. In the tune, he explains that he wears black in remembrance of the downtrodden, poor, oppressed, and incarcerated.