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The prophet Isaiah, captured in swirling motion. Formerly on the portal of the 12th-century church in Souillac, in southern France, this relief sculpture of Isaiah is now displayed just inside the church entrance.

The scroll to which the prophet points represents the biblical book that bears his name. A small portion of that book, the scathing 11-verse poem in Isaiah 57:3–13 denouncing ritual sex, child sacrifice and necromancy, receives a meticulous reading in the accompanying article.