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The Secret Book of Jesus


"I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old..."

Press Praise for The Secret Book of Jesus


"This Jesus, Mary and Joseph, all shown to have rougher edges, tempers, and senses of humor, become so human, as do those around them, that you have to remind yourself they are all central figures in a religious narrative that some people never think twice about."

-Matthew Everett, Single White Fringe Geek

" heck of a storyteller, and he’s picked some strange stories about Jesus’ youth full of unfamiliar words that a lay person could easily trip over. phillip’s a pro, though, and I didn’t notice even a single misstep."

-Laura VanZandt, One Girl, Two Cities

"...low’s delivery is pitch-perfect for the material: equal parts prophet, bard, and snake oil salesman...his flair for showmanship serves nicely to leaven the dense language and subject matter of his material."

-Susannah Schouweiler, Minnesota Playlist

" have to be impressed...low is a very commanding storyteller."

-Shannon Samson, NUVO News (Indianapolis)

Audience Praise for "The Secret Book of Jesus"


"Funny and fascinating apocrypha about Jesus told with Phillip's trademark exhaustive research, humor, and precise wordplay, but without the esoterism that can scare some audiences off."

"Taking on a topic that is at best fraught with peril, Phillip once again shows why he is one of the best storytellers in the Twin Cities."

"Was it creative? Absolutely. Did I learn something? Absolutely. Was it well performed? Absolutely. Was it well written? Of course!"

"His soaring oratory is borne aloft on wings of ancient wisdom."

About the Show


Hidden in Egyptian tombs. Buried in earthenware jars. Traded in dark antiquities markets. For the first time in history, the Gospels suppressed or ignored by the early church have been combined to give a complete portrait of the life of Jesus: his parents' miraculous marriage; his bizarre killing sprees as an infant; his journey down into Hell; his apostles' interrogation of Satan.

A new face of Jesus, concealed for centuries, emerges at last: a dark child, tinged by holy madness, bearing strange powers, prone to deadly bursts of rage. A show for the faithful and heretic alike -- two thousand years in the making.



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