Religion: Tidings

>At first, the $1.50 paperback looks like another inspirational spin-off of the Jesus Revolution. Bearing the title The Life Story of Jesus, its slick cover shows a pastel Jesus in red-polka-dot robes (a poster version is available for another $1.50). But who is the author, Levi Alphaeus? The introduction says he was a Galilean tax collector who "later adopted the name Matthew." He is better known as St. Matthew the Evangelist. A California entrepreneur named Joseph Rank simply took Matthew's Gospel (from the New American Standard Bible, Rank admits), tricked it up in...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!