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Split into two articles?[edit]

I'm wondering if you guys think that this article should be split into two articles: Potiphar and Potiphar's wife, similar to the articles Pontius Pilate and Pontius Pilate's wife? For the record, the Bible says much more about Potiphar's wife than it does about Pontius Pilate's wife (she is mentioned in only one verse of the Bible), so I believe that an article on Potiphar's wife is merited. Also, Potiphar's wife, unlike Pontius Pilate's wife, is mentioned in both the Quran and Muslin tradition, so there is plenty of information out there to start an article on her.

Potiphar's wife[edit]

Is there any way of including Potiphar's wife's name? Anyone know what it is? --aishel 16:01, 20 December 2005 (UTC)

Nope, I don't think it's ever mentioned in the bible -- and that's the only source we even have for her supposed existence. -- Avocado 22:56, 21 December 2005 (UTC)
Well, I found it doing a google: [1] Her name was Zuleika. Now to add it into the article... --aishel 00:25, 22 December 2005 (UTC)
Please note that the particular Book of Jasher in question is a mediaevalish creation dating from about 1625 - see Sefer haYashar (midrash), and is a midrash (collection of opinions of rabbis of the time), and does not date from Biblical times. --User talk:FDuffy 13:52, 2 January 2006 (UTC)

I arrived here whilst researching differences between the Bible & the Koran. I would like to add that there is a beautiful book in print called 'Yusef and Zuleika' by a reknowned persian mystic called Jami. [I think he was a contempory of Jalaladin Rumi also known as Maulana Rum and often refered to simply as Rumi, the writer of The Masnavi.] Yusef & Zuleika is a poem seemingly about the love between these 2 people, but is a metaphor for the love between a soul searching for union with God and that souls' teacher. —Paul Singh


Unless you're German, the author is named Yahwist and abbreviated J. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

Potiphar's Wife's Name[edit]

I looked up the above reference for the wife's name, supposedly citing Gen. 39.12. None of my Bibles give a name, and I'm pretty sure no reliable one would. And just as in the Bible, the Qur'an too leaves her nameless. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).


In the Zohar it states Joseph was bought by Potiphar, so he can commit sodomy with him. The verse can be found in VAYESHEV, Chap 19 verse 195. "And Potifar bought him," to commit sin with him, NAMELY SODOMY. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).


This article is about Potiphar,(and his wife) not about Yusuf and Zulaikha. That is a different article. Hafspajen (talk) 21:15, 5 April 2014 (UTC)


The etymology of the name Potiphar is highly debated. The language used should reflect this uncertainty. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:01, 27 June 2016 (UTC)