PAULI, JOHANNES (c. 1455–c. 1535), German friar and humorist. Born in Pfeddersheim, Alsace, Pauli abandoned Judaism
Pauli is remembered for one major work, Schimpf und Ernst (Thann, 1522), a collection of 693 jests and moral anecdotes drawn from ancient and medieval sources and from oral tradition. Some 60 editions of this work were printed before 1700. Although he mocked at human failings, Pauli invariably gave an ethical point to his graphic stories, which partly inspired the Elizabethan era's Hundred Merry Tales, a source much read and exploited by William *Shakespeare.
H. Oesterley, in: Johannes Pauli, Schimpf und Ernst (1866), 1–12; B. Riggenbach (ed.), Das Chronikon des Konrad Pellikan (1877); H. Oesterley, in: ADB, 25 (1887), 261–2 (incl. bibl.); J. Bolte, Schimpf und Ernst, 2 vols. (1923); C. Roth, Jewish Contribution to Civilization (1956), 80, 84; F. Secret, Les Kabbalistes chrétiens de la Renaissance (1964), 142. ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: R.G. Warnock (ed.), Die Predigten Johannes Paulis (1970); A.E. Pearsall, Johannes Pauli (1450–1520) on the Church and Clergy (1994).