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Jesus as the Root/Shoot/Branch of Jesse

The Tree of Jesse—a representation of Jesus’s genealogy in the form of a tree—was a popular subject in medieval Christian art. Its name derives from the messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11:1 and 10: “There shall come forth a shoot from … Continue reading

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Jesus, the “Forever-Blooming” Rose

One of my favorite Christmas songs is Es ist ein Ros entsprungen. It’s a late-sixteenth-century German hymn of unknown authorship, inspired by the Messianic prophecy of Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his … Continue reading

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