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Author: Lew Wallace
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Publisher: Signet (July 1, 1959)

Ben Hur by Lew Wallace



Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published by Harper and Brothers on November 12, 1880, and considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century". It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) in sales. The book also inspired other novels with biblical settings and was adapted for the stage and motion picture productions

The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem, who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian. Running in parallel with Judah's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, who comes from the same region and is a similar age.

A tale of the christ. A Tale of the Christ. First published in 1880. Duke Classics does not accept responsibility for loss suffered as a result of reliance upon the accuracy or currency of information contained in this book. Chapter I. Chapter II.

Ben-Hur turns his attention to the prophesied King of the Jews, when through the sheik he meets Balthasar, one of the Three Wise Men, and hears of the child born years ago. Will Ben-Hur be the general who brings victories to the King, and finally liberates Israel from the oppressive Roman yoke? In his quest for the answer, Ben-Hur seeks out the Nazarene, now rumored to be The Messiah. THAT hero needs no introduction. Curious about the lack of kingly trappings and ambitions about this man, Ben-Hur begins to suspect that his kingdom is not of this world. to THE WIFE OF MY YOUTH who still abides with me. Book first. The Jebel es Zubleh is a mountain fifty miles and more in length, and so narrow that its tracery on the map gives it a likeness to a caterpillar crawling from the south to the north.

Lew Wallace wrote Ben-Hur in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and finished it in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn about the novel, play, movies, and other adaptations. Although Wallace was indifferent to religion before writing the book, he says in the preface to The First Christmas, 1899, that the act of writing resulted in a conviction amounting to absolute belief in God and the divinity of Christ. For Lew Wallace’s answer to this question in his own words, read the Preface of The First Christmas or the excerpt from his Autobiography How I Came to Write Ben Hur. Over the years we have been fortunate enough to have Dr. Howard Miller deliver several lectures on various aspects of the Ben-Hur phenomenon.

Lew Wallace wrote Ben-Hur as a way to sort out his beliefs concerning God and Christ. Long before I was through with my book, I became a believer in God and Christ. It was a perfect read for the Easter season. Having just watched the 2016 Ben Hur (which was inferior to the classic 1959 film, but very interesting as a companion piece), I decided to reread the book because my memory of it is muddled by all the film versions. Enjoying it so far and surprised by some of the book facts that the movies changed. I'm listening to the LibriVox recording by Mark F. Smith. AND reading the Readers' Digest version which is unabridged and has illustrations on every page.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Lew Wallace. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Posting Date: January 19, 2010 Release Date: April, 2000. Produced by an anonymous Project Gutenberg volunteer. HTML version by Al Haines  . X XI XII XIII XIV XV XVI Book sixth - I II III IV V VI book seventh - I II III IV V book eighth - I II III IV V VI VII VIII IX X.

Lew WALLACE (1827 - 1905). Ben-Hur is a story of two very different heroes. Judah Ben-Hur, a prince of Jerusalem, is involved in an accident to the Roman procurator which is taken to be intentional. He is seized and sent to the fleet as a galley-slave, while his family is imprisoned and the family goods confiscated. When Ben-Hur saves the fleet captain from drowning after his ship is sunk in a fight with pirates, that officer adopts him as son and heir. With Roman training, Ben-Hur distinguishes himself in the arena and the palistrae and appears to be on the way to high military command.

Ben-Hur is a novel by Lew Wallace, and considered "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century". The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian. Running in parallel with Judah's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, from the same region and around the same age. The novel reflects themes of betrayal, conviction, and redemption, with a revenge plot that leads to a story of love and compassion

Reviews: 7
Oveley
This is a great classic, and the number one selling novel in the US in the 19th century. It is the original, without 20th century "improvements". The style is very old, but the depth is worth wading through. One thing that will put off readers who are not willing to be challenged is the dialog is in King James English (or semblance thereof). The reason for this is that this is "a tale of the Christ", as the subtitle indicates; our hero, Ben Hur, is a witness of events in the Gospels near the end of the novel. At the time the book was written, the only widely used English Bible was the King James, and it was considered inappropriate to "reword" the Bible. Therefore, any dialog from events in the Bible is taken verbatim from the King James, and for consistency (?), most of the rest of the dialog in the novel is also in King James English. Please beware of the fact that there is one edition of the "original" from the mid-20th century (published to go along with the 1959 movie) that updates the language and is easier reading, but the plot is different and the theology is missing. Like steak vs. hamburger, it does require a little more chewing, but the flavor is much better.
Mr_TrOlOlO
All I remembered about Ben Hur was the Charlton Heston movie, which I saw when I was young -- and all I remembered of that was the galley scenes and of course the chariot scene. The reason I bought and read the book was because of the title: A Tale of the Christ. About half way through the book, I did a Google Search on it and found that it was one of the most popular Christian pieces of literature of all time. I had no idea! I am only 82% of the way through the book, but will rank up there in the top 5 books of all time for me. I especially appreciate Ben Hur's struggle between his human desire for an earthly king, and his soul's need for a heavenly savior -- and the influences in his life to lead him to the truth. A book for all of humanity.
Kulwes
The author does a masterful job of weaving Ben-Hur's story into the story of Jesus' life on earth. The characterizations are full and rich, the description of the settings is thorough and evocative, and the plot is well conceived, alternating between pulse-pounding action and philosophical/theological dialogue. Written as it was in the 19th century, this book uses King James English for the dialogue, which is notable, but I didn't find it overly distracting. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story from beginning to end.
anneli
After reading The Robe this past spring I was inspired to read more classic Christian literature and Ben Hur topped my list, but it was a slow start. The language is old-fashioned and ponderous and took me a while to get used to. The description and imagery is minute in detail and while interesting, can be tedious to wade through. That said, the story was beautiful. I am always fascinated by juxtaposition of people’s lives in relation to history, especially the history surrounding the life and ministry of Jesus. The Hur’s are a pious Jewish family under the heavy-handed reign of Rome and Wallace gives us a honest and factual look into the heart and expectation the Jewish people had for their Messiah- wrapped in an action-packed, romantic, philosophical novel. Keep reading; you’ll eventually be grabbed by the story despite the telling of it.
Anarasida
Ben Hur. A classic tale about revenge. A tale about finding out who really has your back,discovering who you can really trust. Finding out that who you thought these people were may not be in reality who they are at their heart. All along the way finding out you arent the person you thought you were either. Worth the read. The beginning part of the book takes its time in character development. Don't rush this, its important latter. Ben Hur is meant to be enjoyed piece by piece. Slowly like a good ole chunk of cake. Please read and enjoy.
Vertokini
Modern literature pales in comparison to how this story is told. Character development is deep and full. I have to say, I was surprised at the artistic license taken by both the Charlton Heston movie version as well as the 2015/16 remake. This story differs from both in marvelous ways. You won't be able to skim through this, it will force you to ponder and reflect. I'm so glad I decided to read this. A masterpiece!
Mightsinger
I was exposed to this Christian tale as a kid watching the 1959 movie starring Charleton Heston. After seeing two other versions (CB DeMille 1920s version) and the latest watered down version (2016?) I tracked down the original novel written by the Civil War general. I was blown away - the film versions do not tell the complete story. The film version water down the story of the Magi, do not cover all of Messalah's personal background ( he had a girlfriend - the daughter of one of the Magi's), and the 1959 & 2016 versions do not expound on the books telling of Ben Hur raising 2 legions of Jews to fight for and support the Messiah. Remember that this novel (which became a best seller read by then US President Grant) was written in the 1870s so reading it requires more concentration.
I am glad I read it. I bought it after seeing the most recent movie, which was very different from the 50's movie. I slogged through it and saw that it is closer to new movie than the Heston movie was. After reading it, I watched my laser disc copy of the silent movie. That is the closest to the novel. Of all versions I like the 50's movie the most. The villains in the novel are just too awful. There is no relationship between Messala and Ben Hur. And Iras is just a cartoon. She is so easy to see through. But not by Ben Hur. The book is pretty heavy handed. The sub-title is apt. Much of the book is about Jesus. Balthasar (yes, that Balthasar) is probably the 4th biggest character in the book. And of course he is the father of the evilest villain in the book. Read The Three Musketeers or some Jules Verne. You really can skip this book.