I’m not sure if this is the cover art for the very first edition of Heschel’s Man is Not Alone, but it’s definitely the best. There’s an early cover in yellow with Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam. The marketers must have chosen that one as it flies against the face of Heschel’s iconoclasm. The most recent edition with the Byzantine era Helios image makes even less sense, given the way the artist figured God in the middle of the mosaic decorating the synagogue. This image here does the work better. It throws better light at the abstraction, the mysterious and allusive symbolization of the human figure as the image of God in Heschel’s thinking. “Allusion” is one of the key but under-analyzed terms in Man is Not Alone, whereas “symbols” are discussed by Heschel in his book on prayer, Quest for God.