Dedicated to Ra; i.e., to the sun-god, 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; marg., "chief of the executioners"). Joseph, though a foreigner, gradually gained his confidence, and became overseer over all his possessions. Believing the false accusation which his profligate wife brought against Joseph, Potiphar cast him into prison, where he remained for some years. (See Joseph.)

Easton's Bible Dictionary. . 1897.

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  • Potiphar — (or Potifar) (Hebrew Name 2 |hebrew1=פּוֹטִיפַר |hebrew2=פּוֹטִיפָר |stan1=Potifar |tiber1=Pôṭîp̄ar |tiber2=Pôṭîp̄ār ; Egyptian origin: unicode|p di p rʿ ; he whom Ra gave. ) is a character in the Book of Genesis s story of Joseph. Joseph, sold… …   Wikipedia

  • POTIPHAR — (Heb. פּוֹטִיפַר), Egyptian royal official who purchased joseph (Gen. 37:36; 39:1). His wife attempted unsuccessfully to seduce Joseph and then brought false charges against him, as a result of which Potiphar had him incarcerated. The name… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Potiphar — ou Putiphar (de l égyptien ancien p3 Htp r  : l offrande à Rê) Potiphar,: Pétéphrès ; en égyptien, ce serait Pétiphra, c est à dire : consacré à Phra, ou Ra, le dieu du soleil, qu on adorait surtout à On, ou Héliopolis. On a… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Potiphar — Potiphar, Verschnittener u. Oberster der Leibwache des Königs (Misphragneutosis) von Ägypten, zugleich Aufseher der Gefängnisse, an welchen Joseph als Sklav verkauft wurde. Seine Frau wollte Joseph verführen, u. da dieser ihr nicht zu Willen war …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Potĭphar — (»dem Ra, d. h. dem Sonnengott, ergeben«), nach der biblischen Erzählung (1. Mos. 39) Pharaos Hofbeamter, Oberster der Leibwache. Sein Weib suchte den Joseph zu verführen …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Potiphar — Potĭphar (»dem [Sonnengott] Ra geweiht«), Name sowohl des ägypt. Herrn des Joseph (1 Mos. 39) wie auch von Josephs Schwiegervater (1 Mos. 41,45) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • POTIPHAR — Iosephi Patriarchae Dominus, Πετεφρὴς Iosepho dicitur …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Potiphar — Joseph und die Frau des Potiphar, Kupferstich nach einem Gemälde von Carlo Cignani Potiphar (auch Potifar) war der biblische Name eines hohen Beamten eines altägyptischen Königs (Pharao) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Potiphar — A high official of Pharaoh (Gen. 39:1). The patriarch Joseph prospered in Egypt and was promoted in the household of Potiphar. Potiphar s wife accused Joseph of sexual harassment and he was temporarily imprisoned (Gen. 39:6–20) …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Potiphar — noun /ˈpɒt.ɪ.fɑː,ˈpɒt.ɪ.fə,ˈpɑ.tə.fɚ/ An Egyptian and captain of the guard under Pharaoh. And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites,… …   Wiktionary

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