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An Ephrathite from Bethlehem (1 Sam 17:12). Son of Obed (Ruth 4:17, 22; 1 Chr 2:12–13; Matt 1:5–6; Luke 3:32) and father of David (Ruth 4:17).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
JESSE (PERSON) [Heb yišay (יִשַׁי)]. The father of David, a Bethlehemite from the tribe of Judah (1 Sam 16:1). The name is normally written as yišay except in 1 Chr 2:13 where it is inexplicably found in the form ʾı̂šay. Jesse was the son of Obed and grandson of Boaz (Ruth 4:17, 22; 1 Chr 2:12; Matt
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Jesse jesʹē [Heb. yišay; Gk. Iessai]. Grandson of Boaz, son of Obed, and father of King David. A member of the tribe of Judah, he owned land S of Jerusalem. Later his principal significance was as David’s father; the phrase “son of Jesse,” applied to David by his opponents (cf. 1 S. 20:27ff.; 22:7–9;
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
JESSE (Person) Son of Obed and grandson of Ruth and Boaz (Ru 4:17, 22). Jesse was a shepherd from Bethlehem. He had eight sons, of whom David was the youngest. He had at least two daughters, Zeruiah and Abigail, who became mothers of famous warriors.When Samuel went to Jesse’s home to search for and
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Jesse (jes´ee), the father of King David. According to the tradition of the book of Ruth (4:17–22). Jesse was the grandson of Boaz and Ruth. He was a prosperous farmer who could afford to send gifts to Saul (1 Sam. 16:20). Jesse is also mentioned in the prophecies of Isaiah, which refer to the house
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
JESSE. A descendant of Obed, the son of Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 4:17, 22), in the clan of Nahshon, chief of the tribe of Judah in the time of Moses. Jesse had eight sons, of whom David was the youngest, and two daughters (1 Sam 17:12). The daughters were by a different wife from David’s mother. Jesse lived
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
JESSE (Heb. yišay). Grandson of Boaz and father of David. He lived in Bethlehem and is commonly termed ‘the Bethlehemite’, but once the ‘Ephrathite of Bethlehem-Judah’. He was the father of eight sons (1 Sa. 16:10–11), but the names of only seven are known (1 Ch. 2:13–15). The eighth is omitted, probably
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Jesse (Heb. yišay, ʾɩ̂šay)The father of King David, son of Obed and grandson of Boaz and Ruth the Moabite. In addition to David, Jesse is traditionally credited with seven other sons (1 Sam. 16:10; 17:12) and two daughters (1 Chr. 2:16). However, 1 Chr. 2:13–15 lists only seven sons, and 2 Sam. 17:25
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
JESSE The father of David, a member of the tribe of Judah from Bethlehem (1 Sam 17:12). Jesse was the son of Obed and the grandson of Boaz (Ruth 4:17, 22; 1 Chr 2:12; Matt 1:5–6; Luke 3:32), so the family line was descended in part from Ruth the Moabite. Jesse had eight sons, of whom David was the youngest
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Jes´se (wealthy), the father of David, was the son of Obed, who again was the fruit of the union of Boaz and the Moabitess Ruth. His great-grandmother was Rahab the Canaanite, of Jericho. Matt. 1:5. Jesse’s genealogy is twice given in full in the Old Testament, viz., Ruth 4:18–22 and 1 Chron. 2:5–12.