The Jesse Tree

The Jesse tree

The Tree of Jesse
is a genealogy tree
it depicts the descendants of Jesse
Jesse was the father of king David

Key Verses in the Old Testament
Isaiah 6:8
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (NIV)

Isaiah 53:5
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. (NIV)

Matthew 1:1-17 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Genealogy of Jesus Christ
1 The book of the genealogy[a] of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:
2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah begot Perez and Zerah by Tamar, Perez begot Hezron, and Hezron begot Ram. 4 Ram begot Amminadab, Amminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon. 5 Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, 6 and Jesse begot David the king.
David the king begot Solomon by her [b]who had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon begot Rehoboam, Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot [c]Asa. 8 Asa begot Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and Joram begot Uzziah. 9 Uzziah begot Jotham, Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah begot Manasseh, Manasseh begot [d]Amon, and Amon begot Josiah. 11 Josiah begot [e]Jeconiah and his brothers about the time they were carried away to Babylon.
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jeconiah begot Shealtiel, and Shealtiel begot Zerubbabel. 13 Zerubbabel begot Abiud, Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor. 14 Azor begot Zadok, Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud. 15 Eliud begot Eleazar, Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob. 16 And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.
17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

Luke 3, 23-38
The Ancestors of Jesus
23 Jesus was about thirty years old when he began his work. He was the son (as was thought) of Joseph son of Heli, 24 son of Matthat, son of Levi, son of Melchi, son of Jannai, son of Joseph, 25 son of Mattathias, son of Amos, son of Nahum, son of Esli, son of Naggai, 26 son of Maath, son of Mattathias, son of Semein, son of Josech, son of Joda, 27 son of Joanan, son of Rhesa, son of Zerubbabel, son of Shealtiel,[i] son of Neri, 28 son of Melchi, son of Addi, son of Cosam, son of Elmadam, son of Er, 29 son of Joshua, son of Eliezer, son of Jorim, son of Matthat, son of Levi, 30 son of Simeon, son of Judah, son of Joseph, son of Jonam, son of Eliakim, 31 son of Melea, son of Menna, son of Mattatha, son of Nathan, son of David, 32 son of Jesse, son of Obed, son of Boaz, son of Sala,[j] son of Nahshon, 33 son of Amminadab, son of Admin, son of Arni,[k] son of Hezron, son of Perez, son of Judah, 34 son of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Terah, son of Nahor, 35 son of Serug, son of Reu, son of Peleg, son of Eber, son of Shelah, 36 son of Cainan, son of Arphaxad, son of Shem, son of Noah, son of Lamech, 37 son of Methuselah, son of Enoch, son of Jared, son of Mahalaleel, son of Cainan, 38 son of Enos, son of Seth, son of Adam, son of God.

An old christmas song:
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen

freely translated:

A rose sprung up
from tender root
the old ones sang to us
Its strain from Jesse
Brings forth a flower
Midst a cold winter
Half the night.

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O root of Jesse is one of the o antiphons of Christmas

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14 Thoughts to “The Jesse Tree”

  1. Parameter

    Thanks for the tree, showing the genealogy of our Lord Jesus Christ. It Christmas and a very good time to remember our lord.
    I can see clearly that there is a direct link between Abraham and Jesus; if my mathematics is right there are forty-two generations between Abraham and Jesus illustrating the significant number 7 in six times.
    You have opened my eyes; once again I say Thank You

    1. Sos

      Thank you! 
      You have a very keen eye!
      Makes me wonder what the span is for 14 generations in time…
      To accomplish the 7 times 7 and enter the time of jubilation indeed…

      Have a blessed time!

  2. Antonio

    Hi Fleeky

    The lineage from Jesse to Jesus is so important as it demonstrates that Jesus is descended from King David’s line. It is most certainly a long line but as they say an important line. In certain Catholic church’s during advent they use an actual Jesse tree, an actual tree that physically shows the lineage from Jesse to Jesus. I think this is important to know about this and I thank you for bringing this up. Prophecy is so important in the Bible.

    Do you think a physical representation of a Jesse tree is important?

    Thanks

    Antonio

    1. Sos

      Hi Antonio, thank you for adding your experience with the Jesse tree with us.
      We do not know this tradition in our country, so I thought it was a physical tree.
      Knowing it is the genealogy line of Jesse, is indeed an eye opener and invites us to dig in history and the tradition of ancient churches and anchors us in time, language and culture. 

      So yes, a physical representation, like drawn here, helps to understand, at least for me…

      Have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. Carol

    The genealogy of Jesus is a very symbolic trend in the story of our lord Jesus Christ.
    He hailed from the lineage of Jesse the father of David.
    The old Christmas song;
    A rose sprung up
    from tender root
    the old ones sang to us
    Its strain from Jesse
    Brings forth a flower
    Midst a cold winter
    Half the night.
    Is a confirmation of the message God gave to prophet Isaiah concerning the birth of the savior of the world.

    1. Thank you for your keen observation.
      The numbers are intriguing indeed.
      Makes me wonder…

  4. Carol

    The genealogy of Jesus is a very symbolic trend in the story of our lord Jesus Christ.
    He hailed from the lineage of Jesse the father of David.
    The old Christmas song;
    A rose sprung up
    from tender root
    the old ones sang to us
    Its strain from Jesse
    Brings forth a flower
    Midst a cold winter
    Half the night.
    Is a confirmation of the message God gave to prophet Isaiah concerning the birth of the savior of the world.

    1. Sos

      Yes Carol, indeed. Thank you!

      Have a blessed and joyful Christmas.

  5. MrBiizy

    Hello Fleeky, thanks for sharing this post on the Jesse tree. Sincerely speaking, this is the very first time I am reading about the phrase “Jesse tree”. I wonder why I have not heard this phrase before now. Good to see what it actually means – the descendants of Jesse. Our saviour comes from this root.

    Merry Christmas in advance.

    1. Sos

      Morning Mr Blitz, good to read you! The Jesse tree or Tree of Jesse is lesser known by many indeed. It is an old invocation of the ancient churches…’ o tree of Jesse . , also known as the o antiphons of Christmas 

  6. Dane

    I am sorry, but I find your website hard to follow. Sometimes I didn’t understand the points you make.  I think the concept of planting and caring for trees is a sound idea, and I do use essential oils.  This isn’t helpful, I know. But maybe there ore others who would have the same reaction.

    1. Sos

      Morning Dane, thank you for sharing hour understanding and concerns. I will try to elaborate more in the future. 
      It was very helpful indeed. In many countries the tree is not just a physical presence, it has often deeper symbolics meanings. And if we are not used to this language, it is harder to grasp. Thank you again. 

  7. Carol

    The genealogy of Jesus Christ is a very symbolic and historic phenomenon in the Christian race, Jesus can be traced through a terrific trend down from Abraham to David to the time of captivity in Babylon and down to his birth.
    Generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations, from David until the captivity in Babylon are fourteen generations, and from the captivity in Babylon until the Christ are fourteen generations.

    1. Yes Carol 3 times 14 generations… the numbers are intriguing
      Thank you for sharing your keen perception with us.
      Makes me wonder a lot…

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