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Potiphera
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
Priest of On. Pharaoh gave Potiphera’s daughter Asenath to Joseph as a wife (Gen 41:45, 50; 46:20). The name Potiphera derives from the Egyptian for “he whom Re has given,” perhaps indicating that he was a priest in the service of the sun god Re. On was located in Lower Egypt, northeast of modern Cairo, and is better known as Heliopolis (Jer 43:13).
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Potiphera
Potiphera (פּוֹטִיפַר‎, potiphar). Priest of On. Pharaoh gave Potiphera’s daughter Asenath to Joseph as a wife (Gen 41:45, 50; 46:20). The name Potiphera derives from the Egyptian for “he whom Re has given,” perhaps indicating that he was a priest in the service of the sun god Re. On was located in Lower
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Potiphera (Person)
POTIPHERA (PERSON) [Heb pôṭı̂ peraʿ (פֹּוטִי פֶּרַע)]. The father-in-law of Joseph. His daughter Asenath was given by Pharaoh as a wife to Joseph (Gen 41:45). Out of their marriage two children were born: Manasseh, the firstborn, and Ephraim (Gen 41:50–52; 46:20).“Potiphera” is a longer version of
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Potiphera, Potipherah
Potiphera, Potipherah. Priest of On whose daughter, Asenath, was given to Joseph as his wife by Pharaoh (Gn 41:45, 50; 46:20; kjv Potipherah). On (or Heliopolis) was the center of the sun god cult, and Potiphera was likely a high ranking priest in the cult. His name, which means “he whom Pre [the sun
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Potiphera
Potiphera po-tifʹə-rə [Heb. pôṭî p̱beraʿ]; AV POTIPHERAH. Joseph’s father-in-law (Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20). His daughter Asenath (perhaps “she belongs to Neit”) Joseph received in marriage from Pharaoh. Manasseh and Ephraim were born of this union (41:50–52).Potiphera is Egyp p3-di̓-p3-Rʿ, “he whom
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Potiphera
POTIPHERA Priest of On whose daughter, Asenath, was given to Joseph as his wife by Pharaoh (Gn 41:45, 50; 46:20). On (or Heliopolis) was the center of the sun-god cult, and Potiphera was likely a high-ranking priest in the cult. His name, which means “he whom Re [the son god] has given,” does not appear
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Potiphera
Potiphera (puh-ti´fuh-ruh; Egyptian, “he whom Re has given”), a priest of On whose daughter, Asenath, was given in marriage to Joseph by Pharaoh (Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20). As priest of On, center of the cult of the sun god Re, Potiphera would have been an important person. The priests of On engaged in
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Potipherah
POTIPHERAH. The name of the priest of On who became the father-in-law of Joseph (Gen 41:45, 50; 46:20). He is generally believed to have been a pagan priest of the Egyptian sun-god Re> or Ra in On (q.v.). It is known that a temple to Re> existed at On (Gr. Heliopolis) as early as the Old Kingdom period.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Potiphera
POTIPHERA (Potipherah, av). The ‘priest of On’, whose daughter, Asenath, Joseph received in marriage from Pharaoh (Gn. 41:45, 50; 46:20). He was possibly high priest or the sun-god Rē‘ in *On (Gk. Heliopolis). Potiphera (Heb. pôṭîp̱era‘) is universally admitted to be Egyp. P’-di-P’R’, ‘he whom P’Rē‘ (=sun-god)
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Potiphera
Potiphera (Heb. pôṭɩ̂ p̱eraʿ; Egyp. pʒ-dɩ̓-pʒ-Rʿ)A priest (“the one given [sent] by [the sun-deity] Re”) in the Egyptian city of On (Heliopolis, “city of the sun”), whose daughter Asenath became Joseph’s wife (Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20).
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Potiphera
Potiphera [pŏ tĭfˊə rə] (Heb. pôṭî p̱era˓; cf. Egyp. pƷ-di̓-pƷ-R˓ “the one given [sent] by Re [the sun-deity]”). A priest in the Egyptian city of On (Heliopolis, “city of the sun”), whose daughter Asenath became Joseph’s wife (Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20; KJV “Potipherah”).
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Potiphera
POTIPHERA An Egyptian priest of On, the father of Asenath, and the father-in-law of the patriarch Joseph. His daughter was given by the Pharaoh to Joseph for his wife (Gen 41:45), and their marriage produced two children, Manasseh and Ephraim (Gen 41:50–52; 46:20). The name is a longer version of the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Potipherah
Potiph´erah, or Potiphe´rah, was priest or prince of On, and his daughter Asenath was given Joseph to wife by Pharaoh. Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20. (b.c. 1715.)
See also
Relatives
Joseph Son-In-Law
Asenath Daughter
Manasseh Grandson
Ephraim Grandson
Roles
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