chapter  3
11 Pages

The eternal and Islamic feminine

The grandeur of the biblical text derives from its unvarnished style, from its straightforward narration of the main points. Joseph resists temptation. He emerges victorious. He prefers to be unjustly accused rather than commit adultery with Putiphar's wife. The temptation fails abysmally: Joseph rejects it immediately, categori­ cally, definitively. The word 'temptation' is somewhat inappro­ priate. The dishonest proposition, repeated insistently, is not even examined by Joseph. Putiphar's wife, obsessed with her desire, is hardly subtle in her approach: 'Lie with me'!