Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Reflection - Potiphar's wife - Women of the Bible (plotting against Joseph)


Joseph flees the advances of Potiphar's wIfe but she manage to grap part of his cloak, whlch falls off in his hasty retreat.
PHOTO: Joseph flees the advances of Potiphar's wIfe but she manage to grasp part of his cloak, whlch falls off in his hasty retreat.
Painting by Arthur Heinrich Wilhelm Fitger, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
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Potiphar's wife otherwise nameless in the Bible, lived in Egypt in approximately the sixteenth century BC. Her husband was the captain of the guard for Pharaoh, sort of like the head of the secret service, someone who protected the monarch and kept an eye on possible traitors, dissidents, and troublemakers.



Potiphar's wife otherwise nameless in the Bible, lived in Egypt in approximately the sixteenth century BC. Her husband was the captain of the guard for Pharaoh.

PHOTO: Potiphar's wife otherwise nameless in the Bible, lived in Egypt in approximately the sixteenth century BC. Her husband was the captain of the guard for Pharaoh.
Painting by Ernani Costantini, Study of the Potiphar's wife, 1984
Posted by Marco Goldin, Women of the Bible, twelve paintings of Ernani Costantini ...

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Potiphar buys Joseph the son of Rachel and Jacob as a slave from the Ishmaelites who had previously purchased Joseph from his ten older brothers. These brothers sold Joseph into sIavery out of Jealousy, and then explained his disappearance by saying Joseph was killed by a wild animal (Genesis. 37:12-36). The oldest brother Reuben tried to rescue him from the hands of the other brothers but was unsuccessful.



Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his entire household. But Potiphar’s wife lusted after this handsome young man

PHOTO: Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his entire household. But Potiphar’s wife lusted after this handsome young man.
Posted by My Bible, My Personal Chronological Bible Study
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Potiphar makes Joseph a domestic servant, and he proves himself to such an extent that Potiphar promotes him to be the head of the entire estate. Meanwhile Joseph doesn't go unnoticed by Potiphar's wife, who has a very sensual appetite and sees how young, handsome, and virile (masculine) Joseph is.



Potiphar's wife, who has a very sensual appetite and sees how young, handsome, and virile (masculine) Joseph is, she soon atlempts to seduce him.

PHOTO: Potiphar's wife, who has a very sensual appetite and sees how young, handsome, and virile (masculine) Joseph is, she soon attempts to seduce him.
Painting by Ernani Costantini, Potiphar's wife, 1984
Poems by Antonio Bruni
Posted by Eva Maria - Women of the Bible

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She soon attempts to seduce him. But Joseph resists her luring enticements ("lie with me"), day after day, as he is an honorable young man who avoids sins and the betrayal of his master: "Look, with me here, my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my hand. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?" (Genesis 39:8-9). His refusal of her advances, of course, only angers Potiphar's wife. So Joseph leaves in a hurry, and Potiphar's wIfe keeps part of his cloak, which falls off in his hasty retreat.



And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. Joseph resists her luring enticements('lie with me').

PHOTO: And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. Joseph resists her luring enticements ("lie with me").
Jean-Francois De Troy, Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
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One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, 'Come to bed with me!' But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house. (Genesis 39:6-12)

PHOTO: One day he went into the house to attend to his duties, and none of the household servants was inside. She caught him by his cloak and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he left his cloak in her hand and ran out of the house (Genesis 39:6-12).
Painting by Nicolas Bertin at Rijksmuseum, Joseph and Potiphar's wife (1690 - 1710)
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The vixen then lies to her husband, claiming that Joseph tried to rape her. She shows him the garment as evidence (Genesis 39:16–20). Potiphar has Joseph immediately Imprisoned, with no Interrogation, let alone a trial (Genesis 39:19-20).



Potiphar’s wife was angry. She told Potiphar lies about Joseph. She said Joseph tried to rape her. Potiphar believed his wife (Genesis 39:16–20).

PHOTO: Potiphar’s wife was angry. She told Potiphar lies about Joseph. She said Joseph tried to rape her. Potiphar believed his wife (Genesis 39:16–20).
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Potiphar was angry at Joseph. He has Joseph immediately Imprisoned, with no Interrogation, let alone a trial (Genesis 39:19-20).

PHOTO: Potiphar was angry at Joseph. He has Joseph immediately Imprisoned, with no Interrogation, let alone a trial (Genesis 39:19-20).
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Potiphar's wife had tried to seduce Joseph into an adulterous affair, and failing that, she then lied and slandered the poor man into jail. We hear no more of her even though Joseph's time in the big house is not permanent. The wife of Potiphar is remembered only for her lustful advance, toward a chaste and honourable man. The seductress loses on all accounts. Not only does she not become the illicit lover of Joseph, but Joseph eventually rises to a royal appointment in the Pharaoh's court that is higher than even her husband's position. The Ironic twist: Joseph's high position in court may have never happened had it not been for his time in jail. While he was imprisoned, Joseph was summoned to interpret a dream of Pharaoh (because he did so for his fellow inmates), and that won him Pharaoh's favor and position as governor (Genesis 41).



Potiphar’s wife failed to seduce Joseph, who resisted this temptation by saying it would be a sin against God. sexual sin is not just between two consenting adults. It is an act of disobedience against God.

PHOTO: Potiphar’s wife failed to seduce Joseph, who resisted this temptation by saying it would be a sin against God. Sexual sin is not just between two consenting adults. It is an act of disobedience against God. [2]
Painting by  Carlo Cignani (Italian, 1628–1719), Joseph and Potiphar's Wife
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Potiphar’s wife failed to seduce Joseph, who resisted this temptation by saying it would be a sin against God. Joseph didn’t say, “I’d be hurting you,” or “I’d be sinning against Potiphar,” or “I’d be sinning against myself.” Under pressure, such excuses are easily rationalized away. Remember that sexual sin is not just between two consenting adults. It is an act of disobedience against God. [2]



Sometimes merely trying to avoid temptation is not enough. We must turn and run from them, especially when the temptations seem very strong, as is often the case in sexual temptations.

PHOTO: Sometimes merely trying to avoid temptation is not enough. We must turn and run from them, especially when the temptations seem very strong, as is often the case in sexual temptations.
While in slavery in Egypt, his boss’ wife attempted to sleep with him, he refused and she implicated him and this led Joseph to prison. But ….…. it was from prison Joseph became prime minister of Egypt and reconciled with his family and brothers.
Posted by Sola Oyeniyi on 4 October 2015
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Joseph avoided Potiphar’s wife as much as possible. He refused her advances and finally ran from her. Sometimes merely trying to avoid temptation is not enough. We must turn and run from them, especially when the temptations seem very strong, as is often the case in sexual temptations. [2]

By Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, Women in the Bible For Dummies



I Would’ve Slept with Potiphar’s Wife

PHOTO: I Would’ve Slept with Potiphar’s Wife
She was beautiful. She was there everyday. Always walking about the house. She wore this scent that I really like. It smelled good.
It’s the question that all people ask when things go terribly wrong. Why, God?
"God tell me Nothing. I was afraid. Then I was angry. Angry at God for letting that horrible thing happen to me. My heart was hard. I wanted to rebel."
"I didn’t because I was afraid. God showed me that He was blessing me. It was obvious. From a slave to a position of power. I was afraid of God because I was starting to know Him."
Word of advice. When you’re being invited by Potiphar’s wife, run. Leave your cloak behind or what have you. Let her make her accusations. Run like you’re going to die."
Because the truth is, if you don’t run, you’re probably already dead.
Posted by Sean
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Reference

[1] Women in the Bible For DummiesBy Rev. John Trigilio, Jr., Rev. Kenneth Brighenti,
https://books.google.com.sg/books?id=AWANBijXqJEC&pg=PA208&lpg=PA208&dq=Potiphar%27s+wife+-+Women+of+the+Bible&source=bl&ots=vm21CftjKs&sig=luUV1HLqRwjNl4bjjodG0LWk12I&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CFcQ6AEwCTgKahUKEwiYiO6x077IAhWQ1I4KHa2CC6I#v=onepage&q=Potiphar%27s%20wife%20-%20Women%20of%20the%20Bible&f=false

[2] Day 014 ~ Chronological Reading, Posted by My Bible, My Personal Chronological Bible Study,
http://newsyoucanbelieve.com/bible/2010/01/14/day-014-chronological-reading/


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Genesis. 37:12-36 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis.+37%3A12-36&version=NIV

Genesis 39:6-12 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+39%3A6-12&version=NIV

Genesis 39:8-9 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+39%3A8-9&version=NIV

Genesis 39:16-20 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+39%3A16%E2%80%9320&version=NIV

Genesis 39:19-20 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+39%3A19-20&version=NIV

Genesis 41 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+41&version=NIV

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