period makeups: Potiphar’s wife

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Period makeups: Potiphar’s wife

Featuring actresses portraying Potiphar’s wife, who tried to seduce Joseph after he was sold into slavery in Egypt by his brothers.

Potiphar made Joseph the head of his household, but Potiphar’s wife, furious at Joseph for resisting her attempts to seduce him, accused him falsely of attempted rape. Potiphar cast Joseph into prison, where he came to the notice of Pharaoh through his ability to interpret the dreams of other prisoners.

Potiphar’s wife is not named in the Bible but the medieval Sefer HaYashar, a commentary on the Torah, claims her name was Zuleikha.