In late 1869 and early 1870, Rev. Conwell was traveling in the Holy Land and while in Jerusalem employed a wise old monk as a guide. As he took the Reverend around, he told of many interesting traditions, combinations no doubt often of fact and fancy. They were permeated with the clearest gospel truth that they were most illuminating to sacred places and events. As their acquaintance ripened, Reverend Conwell spent many evenings with the monk in the Garden of Gethsemane where they discussed at length life and events of Biblical times, and here it was that he told Reverend Conwell of the stories that are found in this volume.