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In the Bible, an officer of the Pharaoh who bought Joseph as a slave and later imprisoned him when Potiphar's wife falsely accused Joseph of rape.

[Hebrew pôṭîpar, from Egyptian p-di-p-r', the one whom Ra gave : p-, definite article + di, whom he gave + r', Ra.]


(Bible) Old Testament one of Pharaoh's officers, who bought Joseph as a slave (Genesis 37:36)
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A good housewife is of necessity a humbug; and Cornelia's husband was hoodwinked, as Potiphar was--only in a different way.
Because Joseph refused her advancement, she lied that he assaulted her; Potiphar and the authorities believed her.
Adapted from the story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis, it centers on Jacob's youngest son Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his brothers to Potiphar.
Or Joseph, who will not succumb to the pretty wife of Potiphar.
And I am aware that God used Joseph to lead Egypt while Potiphar .
On 4 December, Charles Potiphar (often wrongly spelled 'Pottipher') of Ingrave sang 'Bushes and Briars' for Vaughan Williams, who felt 'it was something he had known all his life'.
But it becomes clear that the young man is most concerned about not offending his male masters, God and Potiphar, indicating how the steward's "sin" would qualify in the first place as a crime of patrimony (Patterson 118-19).
The best-known rabbinic story presents her as the daughter of the Egyptian overseer, Potiphar (whose wife tried to seduce Joseph).
The title comes from the biblical story of Joseph, who was sold as a slave to Potiphar, who worked for the Pharoah.
In Egypt, Joseph does pretty well as a slave in the employ of bureaucrat Potiphar (Evans again, this time splendidly pompous), until getting literally tangled up by Potiphar's conniving wife.
Telaid oedd prif gymeriad cynhyrchiad Ysgol y Berwyn o 'Magdalen' yn 2007 ac yn 2012 fel Mrs Potiphar yng nghynhyrchiad 'Joseff a'i got Amryliw' (Cwmni Theatr Meirion).
99, Nick Shepley reveals that: "An entry in a 1687 Cardiff baptism register shows the name Joseph Potiphar, listed as a 'black' and belonging to Sir Rowland Gwynne.