MembersPotiphar’s Wife & #MeToo

Part II

By Anat Schneider | | Topics: WOMEN OF THE BIBLE
Photo: Public domain

I would like to emphasize two very interesting points in the story about Potiphar’s wife.

First, Potiphar’s title can be understood in Hebrew as the king’s eunuch! Yes, eunuch!* It is a known fact that in ancient times rulers and kings would have their top officials, especially those in charge of their women’s courts or harems, castrated. This allowed the kings to feel safe with their officials around the royal courts.

In life, everyone has natural needs like eating, sleeping, feeling loved and being sexually satisfied. Sexual desire is not a curse, it is a natural thing that we are born with and it is meant to be satisfied.

So, if Potiphar was a eunuch, he could not possibly satisfy his wife’s sexual needs. This is in itself a puzzling fact! Why or how could one marry a partner without the possibility of leading a full, normal and healthy life? If this is the case, then it may be understandable that Potiphar’s wife would look for sexual fulfillment elsewhere.

Second, let’s take...

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