King of the Jews

DESCRIPTION: "Holy Moses/Nebchadnezzar/Thomas a Didymus/Pontius Pilate, the king of the Jews, Sold his wife for a pair of shoes, When the shoes began to wear, Holy Moses began to swear. When the swearing began to stop, Holy Moses bought a shop...." He ends up in hell
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1972 (Sutton-Smith-NZ-GamesOfNewZealandChilden/FolkgamesOfChildren)
KEYWORDS: playparty royalty clothes commerce Jew
FOUND IN: Britain New Zealand
REFERENCES (2 citations):
Sutton-Smith-NZ-GamesOfNewZealandChilden/FolkgamesOfChildren, p. 128, "(Iky Moses, king of the Jews)" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: Peter and Iona Opie, _I Saw Esau: Traditional Rhymes of Youth_, #98, "(Nebuchadnezzar the King of the Jews)" (1 text); cf. #10, "(Thomas a Didymus, Hard of Belief)" (1 text)

Roud #19250
NOTES [66 words]: Moses was never King of the Jews, but of course he did lead them, so I suppose he was in the place of a king. Nebuchadnezzar was not himself King of the Jews -- he destroyed their Kingdom! -- but most of them lived in his empire. Thomas Didymus, however, was a follower of Jesus (at least in the Gospel of John; no other gospel calls him "Didymus"); he certainly never reigned over the Jews. - RBW
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File: SuSm128A

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