Branches of History

What is a Jesse Tree?

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse and a branch shall grow out of his roots. – Isaiah 11:11

 The Jesse Tree is a tradition used during Advent. Its name is taken from Isaiah 11:11 which predicts the coming of Christ from the ‘stump of Jesse’, one who would take the throne of David, and rule as King of both Israel and the world. Through symbol and story, the Jesse Tree rehearses God’s plan of salvation, beginning with creation, culminating in the coming of Christ.

Watch this spot for daily themes, symbols, and suggested readings leading up to advent.


Crafting tree bark

From the root of Jesse . . .


Now the work begins, I am adding the branches that will contain the ancestors of Jesus. I have made them from the foam sleeves that you use to insulate pipes, covered with fabric that I inserted wire into and can shape as I wish.

Next I will begin crafting leaves from fabric.


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