According to the Hebrew Bible, Potipherah (//, Hebrew: פּוֹטִי פֶרַע Pōṭī feraʿ ) was a priest of the ancient Egyptian town of On, mentioned in the Genesis 41:45 and 41:50. He was the father of Asenath, who was given to Joseph as his wife by Pharaoh, (41:45) and who bore Joseph two sons: Manasseh and Ephraim.
Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, as his wife. Thus Joseph gained authority over the land of Egypt.
It has been suggested that Potipherah was a prince, not only a priest. A Jewish legend makes him the same person as Potiphar, whose wife was in love with Joseph and whose false accusation got him thrown in prison.
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- Legends of Old Testament characters from the Talmud and other sources by Sabine Baring-Gould