After rebuffing the advances of Potiphar's wife
, Joseph is jailed until his ability to interpret dreams attracts the attention of the Pharoah.
Commentaries which speak negatively about biblical figures have survived, and some of those are about Joseph, for example TB Sotah 36b presents the opinion that Joseph had decided to yield to the advances of Potiphar's wife
, and Bereishit Rabbah 89:3 states that Joseph did not have enough faith that God would rescue him from imprisonment.
Based on an early-twentieth-century zarzuela by Miguel de Palacios and Guillermo Perrin that had the distinction of being banned in Spain for blasphemy during the Franco regime, the movie replays the Old Testament story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife
as arty sex farce, filled with comic anachronisms and an abundance of wittily faux-Egyptian dances.
Here, we find the unfinished Biblical epic Josephus, dedicated to Cardinal Alessandro Farnese and centering on the Old Testament story of Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
Take, for example, Potiphar's wife
, Delilah; the multitude of Solomon's mostly anonymous foreign paramours, concubines, and spouses; and "wicked" Queen Jezebel, together with Herodias and her daughter, who is actually unnamed in the New Testament, though tradition has her as Salome.
tried to seduce the young man, and when he refused, she accused him of rape.
Leeming chooses to limit the number of Judeo-Christian references in comparative lists, omitting Genesis from creation lore, David from culture heroes and homosexuality, "the deep" from primordial waters, Laban from tricksters, Joseph and Potiphar's wife
from the femme fatale, and Jacob/Esau from twins.
1, and see generally the author's Potiphar's Wife
, chapter 13.
It was even released in video format in 1999 with David Attenborough and Joan Collins playing Jacob and Potiphar's wife
Neeme Jarvi and the orchestra sound as if they love it too, revelling in the lush eroticism of the attempted seduction of Joseph by Potiphar's wife
(shades of Salome).
Joseph" is a dramatic monologue which lambasts the hypocrisy of Potiphar's wife
virtue which the poet likened to "tattered pieces of masquerade of virtue".
Mann gives us a portrait of Potiphar's wife
, named (Mut-em-enet), humanized, and vivacious.