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Sunday, November 27, 2005

Humility

Here's a rerun of one of my favorite jokes:
A bishop, a priest, and a peasant were in a great European cathedral.

The bishop approached the altar rail, beat on his chest and declared, "I am nothing! I am nothing!" Then the priest approached the altar rail, beat on his chest and declared, "I am nothing! I am nothing!"

The humble peasant was moved to imitate the bishop and the priest, so he approached the altar rail, beat on his chest and declared, "I am nothing! I am nothing!"

The priest turned furiously and hissed into the bishop's ear, "Who the hell does he think he is?"

UPDATE: I noticed after posting this joke that the author had spelled "altar" as "alter." This clue reinforced my suspicion that, despite the personnel and the location, what we have here is actually a Jewish joke.


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3 Comments:

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Tamar said...

Priceless! I love it! What a fantastic start to my day!

 
At 12:28 PM, Blogger Mirty said...

I originally heard that joke as told about students in yeshiva. There is a branch of Jewish teaching (popular at one time in Europe) which focuses on negating the ego, so students would recite, "I am nothing!" When a new student came in and began to recite the same statement, the others looked at him and said, "Who is he to think he's nothing?"

 
At 6:48 AM, Blogger Michael Gilleland said...

A funny joke, but also amusing is the image of the priest hissing into his own ear:

The priest turned furiously and hissed into the priest's ear, "Who the hell does he think he is?"

Maybe the bishop hissed into the priest's ear or vice versa.

 

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