Do any fedi friends have access to a theological library?

I'm trying to find someone to help me get a photocopy of a page or two from this book:

It allegedly contains a photo of a cuneiform tablet which records history's oldest joke.

As a clown, I need a copy. :)

I'm also interested in having a copy of the book, though it seems to be looooooong out of print.

Any help, including boosts, appreciated!

@RussSharek I have both a physical copy available in our library at work, and apparently access to it online (checking now).

The joys of working at an Academic Library :)

@RussSharek Oh scratch the online copy, it's actually in the references of some other book by Ruth Finnegan.

But I still have access to the physical copy.


I'm impressed that I got this far. Any chance you'd be willing to look for the tablet in question, or references to it?

@RussSharek I'm in the office on Tuesday (it's currently Sunday night). So I'll try to remember to pop over to the central library and scan the relevant pages :)


You will have a clown in your debt.

Thank you so much!

@RussSharek well it is definitely in this tome. Now to correlate with the photos and drawings.

@RussSharek my initial perusal of the photographs in the book seems to suggest several are missing, compared with the text collection, and it looks like the proverb you’re after is one of them :-(

I’ll keep trying to decode the mystical references though in case I’m mistaken.

@RussSharek and according to the museum index, the Museum Numbers for the three fragments you are interested in are: Ni 9084 + 4085 + 4432 SP 1 A.

Ni is for the Nippur Collection of the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.

It definitely appears this tome does not have the photo you are after though.


@RussSharek The email address for the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul is:

Maybe they have and would be willing to share, a hi-res photo of the pieces previously noted.

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The amount of research you've done here is absolutely amazing, and I cannot thank you enough. As soon as I have a moment, I'll put together a coherent email and send it off to Istanbul in hopes of completing the journey.

Thank you again for everything!


This one has been with me a while, and only recently did I get enough clues to even ask for help.

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