"Christ at the Home of the Pharisees" depicts more than a Biblical story. By using anachronisms, the artist presents views on economics and science of the period. The affluence of Belgium and Holland can be seen in the table appointments imported from distant lands. Knives, forks, and spoons were unknown at the time of Christ, and furs, velvets and damasks were too warm for the heat of Israel. The science of optics was a new development and is showcased in the figure with eyeglasses.