Ancient Egypt's Henpecked Husbands?
2 of 4)
October 11, 2011
According to Durant, ancient Greek travelers "jibed at the henpecked husbands of Egypt, and
Diodorus Siculus, perhaps with a twinkle in his eye, reported that along the Nile obedience of the husband to the wife was
required in the marriage bond." Let the Greeks tell it, the Black African men of Egypt gave new meaning to the word "uxorious,"
defined as being "excessively fond of or submissive to a wife."
or not Egyptian men were uxorious perhaps is a matter of interpretation. However, one Black woman from Egypt didn't hesitate
for a moment to bad-mouth her husband, a high-ranking Egyptian official, before their servants when he was away, and then
blast him when he came home. Here's the whole story:
"Joseph had been taken
to Egypt. Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's Egyptian officials and captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had
taken him there. The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. He worked in the house of his Egyptian master.
"Joseph's master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made everything he
did successful. Potiphar liked Joseph so much that he made him his trusted servant. He put him in charge of his household
and everything he owned. From that time on the Lord blessed the Egyptian's household because of Joseph. Therefore, the Lord's
blessing was on everything Potiphar owned in his house and in his fields.
he left all that he owned in Joseph's care. He wasn't concerned about anything except the food he ate. Joseph was well-built
and handsome. After a while his master's wife began to desire Joseph, so she said, ‘Come to bed with me.'
"But Joseph refused and said to her, ‘My master doesn't concern himself with
anything in the house. He trusts me with everything he owns. No one in this house is greater than I. He's kept nothing back
from me except you, because you're his wife. How could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?' Although she kept asking
Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or be with her." (Genesis 39:1-10, God's Word Translation)
Will Joseph succumb to the wiles of this powerful Black woman? See Part 3 for the answer!