Tree of Jesse/The Jesse Tree

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Date: 28 Oct 2020
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Tree of Jesse

The Tree of Jesse is a depiction in art of the ancestors of Christ, shown in a tree which rises from Jesse of Bethlehem, the father of King David and is the original use of the family tree as a schematic representation of a genealogy. It originates in a passage in the biblical Book of Isaiah which describes metaphorically the descent of the Messiah, and is accepted by Christians as referring to Jesus. The various figures depicted in the lineage of Jesus are drawn from those names listed in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke. [1]

The beginning of the Gospel of Matthew from the Fécamp Bible shows the initial letter decorated with a Jesse Tree




Modes of Depiction

Illuminated Manuscripts

* The Vysehrad Codex and Lambeth Palace Bible
* Other Illuminated Manuscripts


Stained Glass

* Medieval
* Jesse Tree at Chartres Cathedral
* York Minster, England
* Canterbury Cathedral, England
* Wells Cathedral
* St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury
* Renaissance and Classical
* 19th & Early 20th Century
* Modern


Architectural Stone-carving

Wood Carving

Other Pictural/Pictorial Art

Poetry and Music

Modern Use

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  1. Tree of Jesse, Wikipedia, ( : 28 October 2020).

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