|This beautiful icon was painted by the hand of Nicholas Papas and can be purchased from Come & See Icons found here.|
Family trees, we all got 'em. Even Jesus has a family tree. The following is from the Come & See Icon website and describes the above icon which is entitled "The Tree of Jesse" which, with paint and wood, describes what the Scriptures have to say about the coming of The Christ.
This root of Jesse, Jesus' family tree can be found in two places in the New Testament, Luke 3:23-38 here and Matthew 1:1-16 here.
The Matthew passage is read in the Orthodox Church on the Sunday before Christmas, which is called the Sunday of the Holy Fathers. This particular passage is quite fascinating in that it mentions women. The Orthodox Study Bible notes this: "The mention of women (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth and Bathsheba) is unusual. Each one was either a Gentile or a sinner. The inclusion of these three women declares God's graciousness and prefigures the calling of the Gentiles into the Church. It also underscores the role of women in God's plan of salvation and anticipates the special place of the Virgin Mary in that plan." (pg. 1266 footnote)
Personally, I like the fact that Jesus' family tree is really no different than my own, it contains saints and sinners alike, and all of whom are equally important in making me who I am today.