Jesse Tree

I hope you and yours have a Happy Holiday.

The Jesse Tree will return this Advent as a resource for you.  

The story of the Jesse Tree


This is a visual depiction of Jesus’ family tree.  The tradition of a Jesse Tree is an old one.  Many churches are decorated with tapestries and carvings depicting different Jesse Trees.  The earliest examples are from the 11th century.  It was a common art form in the medieval period.  The usual depiction begins with a shoot or tree growing from a sleeping or dreaming Jesse.  It progresses upward to illustrate the genealogy of Jesus.

There is no limit on the number of people shown in each particular genealogy of Christ.  I suspect the limits in early churches were the size available for the art work.  For this Jesse Tree I have chosen the Advent season, roughly beginning with December 1st.  Some years this will be early, some years it will be late.

Other than Jesse at the beginning and Jesus at the end, there is no set list of the ancestors that must be included in a Jesse Tree.  Of course, the most famous persons in the Old Testament make the most frequent appearances, Adam, Moses, David, etc.  I have chosen to include many women in this Jesse Tree.  If you have a favorite Bible character from Jesus’ family tree that I have omitted because of space limitations, feel free to include his or her story.


There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,

and a branch shall grow out of his roots.

Isaiah 11:1


This Jesse Tree is also available as a PDF file download for $10.  There is also a version available as hardcopy for $10 plus postage.   (Printed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper it includes the black and white pictures for each day printed on cardstock suitable for coloring and cutting out to hang on your own Jesse Tree.) Contact


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