while avoiding the dumbing down at the meeting today I glanced through the Nov ! "SATAN" Watchtower, and Joseph. page 13:
"-Was Joseph temped--The Bible gives us no reason to assume that Joseph was immune to the deires and drives common to young men , or that this woman, the pampered wife of a wealthy and influential court official was physically UNDESIRABLE.--- the material advantage that such a liaison might offer?-"
WT writers like to turn this episode into a lesson, dramas have been staged about the situation, but really, what image is truthful?
Tempting woman are shown in the bible by their allure, their shape, and the attractiveness of Joseph is prominentely mentioned. The appearance of her, is discreetely treated with silence. Potophar perhaps got the position by marying a long time ago into that rich family. (A hard way to earn a living).
The wt phrase "-- material advantage of such a liaison--" alludes to that, may be she offered him a pay-off, benefits from her family on the side?
wt calls & pictures her as a "determined seductress" , but
her often repeated words: " Lie down with me!" , are words not of a seductress, but of an owner giving orders to a slave.
a case of sexual harassment on the job rather than a bona fide seduction attempt.
Of course the warning is good for young ones not to be opportunistic in their sex life, as appealing or not the offer may be.
a plug for the "two witness rule", it would have settled the rape accusation issue, and
would - be lovers beware,-- there is no fury, than a woman spurned ( freely from 1700 England )
so: Joseph was propositioned, ordered even, but not tempted.
Avoid being propositioned, sue them for sexual harassment instead