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...