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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.
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'.
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.
Potiphar is given the roughest time: "If it were up to her, she would be the only unfaithful wife in Genesis.
It is almost inconceivable that no servants of the wealthy and powerful Potiphar, Pharaoh's captain of the guard, were in the house.
Joseph" is indebted to the story of Joseph and the wife of Potiphar in the Book of Genesis.
Mann both distances the reader from the stories and draws them into the secret by using several techniques such as changing spellings of names, inventing/adapting details such as Potiphar being a eunuch, speaking directly to the reader, and passing in and out of text in his ironic tones.
In this respect, Joseph of Nazareth resembles the patriarch Joseph, who maintained his own moral probity and good character in the house of Potiphar, captain of the guard (Gen 39).