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Potiphar was the "sar tabachim" (B'reshit/Genesis 37:36), usually translated in English as "captain of the guard". Sar means chief or prince. Tabach means executioner or guard, or a cook who cuts up meat: a butcher. As one of the roles for priests was to sacrifice animals and cut up the meat, it is not unimaginable that tabach might have been another word ...



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