By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
January 30, 2010

The current issue of The Economist continues an irreverent tradition

What is it about Apple’s (AAPL) CEO that inspires art directors to reach for their Bible?

Case in point: The cover of the Jan. 30 issue of The Economist, in which Steve Jobs appears as Jesus and Moses combined — wearing a halo and carrying a tablet computer.

We’ve always thought of Jobs as all-too-mortal — more Prometheus than Zeus. (See Steve Jobs, chained to a rock.)

But if the editors of Britain’s leading weekly business magazine prefer to think of him as their Lord and Savior, they have plenty of company.

Below the fold, a collection of tasteless Steve Jobs iconography. If we’ve missed any important examples, send us the links and we’ll add them to the mix.

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