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Potiphar in Wikipedia
Potiphar (or Potifar) (Hebrew: פּוֹטִיפַר / פּוֹטִיפָר, Modern Potifar
Tiberian Pôṭîp̄ar / Pôṭîp̄ār ; Arabic: العزيز ; Egyptian
origin: p-di-p-rʿ ; "he whom Ra gave.") is a person in the
Book of Genesis's account of Joseph.
Joseph, sold into slavery by his brothers, is taken to Egypt
where he is sold to Potiphar as a household slave. Potiphar
makes Joseph the head of his household, but Potiphar's wife,
furious at Joseph for resisting her attempts to seduce him
into sleeping with her, accuses him falsely of attempting to
rape her. Potiphar casts Joseph into prison, where he comes to
the notice of Pharaoh through his ability to interpret the
dreams of other prisoners.
Potiphar's wife is not named in either the Yahwist or Elohist
stories. The mediaeval Sefer HaYashar, a commentary on the
Torah, gives it as Zuleika, as does the Persian poem called
Yusuf and Zulaikha (from Jami's Haft Awrang ("Seven
thrones")). For more on the nameless in the Holy Bible, please
see List of names for the Biblical nameless...