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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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Old Testament the father of David (I Samuel 16)
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