POTI-PHERA

POTI-PHERA
POTI-PHERA (Heb. פּוֹטִי פֶרַע), father-in-law of joseph . According to Genesis 41:45, 50, and 46:20, Joseph was married to asenath the daughter of Poti-Phera, "the priest of On." Since On, the city of heliopolis , was the center of the Egyptian solar cult, the "priest of On" could hardly have been any other than the high priest of the sun god Re. The name Poti-Phera contains the same underlying elements as that of Joseph's former master, potiphar , but in a transcription more fully and more accurately reflecting the original Egyptian form. (Alan Richard Schulman)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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