Thursday, October 06, 2005

Life in the Potiphar family

To his brother

25 February 1940

The vicar preached a very good sermon on Joseph[...]Reflection on the story raised in my mind a problem I never happened to have thought of before; why was Joseph imprisoned and not killed by Potiphar? Surely it seems extraordinary mild treatment for attempted rape of a great lady by a slave? Or must one assume that Potiphar, tho' ignorant of the lady's intention to make him a cuckold, was aware in general that her stories about the servants were to be taken with a grain of salt--that his real view was 'I don't suppose for a moment that Joseph did anything of the sort, but I foresee there'll be no peace till I get him out of the house'? One is tempted to imagine the whole life of the Potiphar family, e.g. how often had he heard similar stories from her before?
~The Letters of C.S. Lewis


You can find the story of Joseph and Potiphar in Genesis 39, which is online here.

1 Comment(s):

At Tue Oct 11, 04:29:00 PM EST, Blogger Martin LaBar said...

C. S. L. thought of a lot, didn't he? Thanks for posting this.


Post a Comment

<< Home