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Jesse. Genealogical tree depicting the genealogy of Christ, a common medieval motif. It is usually in the form of a winding trunk of a tree or vine springing out of the recumbent body of the patriarch Jesse, with figures denoting his descendants (as given in the Bible) standing on the ends of its branches, the Virgin and Child forming the fruit at the top. A good example survives in the tracery of the Abbey Church of Sts Peter and Paul, Dorchester, Oxon. (c.1340).

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Jesse in the Bible, the father of David (1 Samuel 16), represented as the first in the genealogy of Jesus Christ.
Jesse tree a representation in carving or stained glass of the genealogy of Jesus as a tree with Jesse at the base and intermediate descendants on branching scrolls of foliage.
Jesse window a church window showing Jesus' descent from Jesse, typically in the form of a Jesse tree.

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Jesse (jĕs´ē), in the Bible, the descendant of Rahab, the grandson of Boaz and Ruth, and the father of David. Referring to the restoration of the Davidic monarchy, the Book of Isaiah speaks of a shoot coming from the "stump of Jesse." The "root" of Jesse is the Davidic monarch of the eschatological age.

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Jesse. Father of King David (1 Samuel 16). His importance in Christian tradition derives from the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11. 1. This led in the late Middle Ages to an iconographical composition showing a tree springing from Jesse and ending in Jesus.

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