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Bramly and Rheims either put their foot in it or put their best foot forward with the picture on the dust jacket. It shows a beautiful young woman, clad only in a loincloth, on a cross, imitating Christ. In the book, a dazzling photographic re-presentation of the life of Jesus, this image appears in a tryptich that dispels any hint of mockery. By itself on the cover, it may infuriate sacrilege-sensitive souls, who then, if they only glance at other pictures inside, may go ballistic. Reading the text and looking again, however, may calm some of them. That text, Bramly's work, is a serious conflation of the four gospels and a few noncanonical legends that modernizes nothing. Bramly and Rheims' photos are another story. They show mostly young people coiffed, made-up, and dressed in contemporary styles in contemporary settings, reenacting Gospel events, miracles and all. Initially surprising, these revisionings really just follow the lead of medieval and Renaissance Christian art, which portrayed biblical persons in their eras' trappings, too. Challenging and reverent. Ray Olson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.