[b-hebrew] Gen. 39:1 Potiphar's title

Karl Randolph kwrandolph at email.com
Thu Jul 10 00:05:58 EDT 2003

The first thing I did was to look this verse up in Hebrew. There the term has the meaning of “courtier”.

Not being an expert in Latin, I wonder if the meaning of “eunuchus” has changed, that originally it did not refer to physical mutilation as it later did?

Karl W. Randolph.

----- Original Message -----
From: Bearpecs at aol.com
> Friends,
> I am forwarding from another email list, with permission, <snip> The piece I hope to get some insights about is 
> Potiphar's title (or is it just a description?) and translation thereof.
> Thanks
> > However, when I first read about Yosef's enslavement in Egypt and about 
> > Potiphar in the Vulgate, it has this to say:
> >   
> > igitur Ioseph ductus est in Aegyptum emitque eum Putiphar eunuchus Pharaonis 
> > princeps exercitus vir aegyptius.
> >
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