In this volume, Rev. Alfred Edersheim transports the reader into the land of Palestine at the time of Jesus and the apostles in order to show as vividly as possible the setting of the New Testament—the landscape, persons, events, habits, modes of thinking, and practices of teaching and worship—. As Edersheim states, “Jesus Christ was strictly of His time, and the New Testament is, in its narratives, language, and allusions, strictly true to the period and circumstances in which its events are laid. But in another, and far more important, aspect there is no similarity between Christ and His period. “Never man”—of that, or any subsequent period—“spake like this man”; never man lived or died as He.” The result of many years study, Sketches of Jewish Social Life sets the scene for Jesus' life and ministry through a series of topical essays on various aspects of Jewish culture as it existed in the first-century Roman province of Palestine.