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Potiphar

Hebrew: פּוֹטִיפַר

also known as: Potifar

Meaning: dedicated to Ra; i.e., to the sun-god

This is the name of the Egyptian to whom the Ishmaelites sold Joseph (Gen. 39:1).

He was “captain of the guard”, i.e., chief, probably, of the state police, who, while they formed part of the Egyptian army, were also largely employed in civil duties (37:36; marginal note, “chief of the executioners”).

Joseph (son of Jacob), though a foreigner, gradually gained his confidence, and became overseer over all his possessions.

Later, believing the false accusation which his shamelessly immoral wife brought against Joseph, Potiphar cast him into prison, where he remained for some years.

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Article Version: October 12, 2017