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The Papyrus Brooklyn 53.1446 refers to a chief slave and gives his proper title as the one who was "Over the house." We see that the Torah is using the exact expression the contemporary Egyptians used for the foreman of the servants and slaves.
4- "And Joseph's master took him, and put him in the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined" (Genesis ).
In the Torah itself, we do not find any mention of imprisonment being a form of punishment.
We do find that the son of Shelomith, who cursed God, was held in confinement, but that was only until the correct punishment could be determined. In the ancient world, those convicted of crimes were generally killed, tortured, mutilated or made to compensate monetarily. Egypt was one of the very few exceptions to have prisons.
The image of the great stone sphinx guarding the lofty pyramiding tombs of the mummified pharaohs, as the once all-powerful king journeyed through the world of darkness, adds to the mysterious lure of ancient Egypt.
The Torah tells us that Joseph was the overseer of Potiphar's estate.
It later tells us that Joseph's wife's name was Asenath (Genesis ).