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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published on November 12, 1880 by Harper & Brothers. Wallace's work is part of an important sub-genre of historical fiction set among the characters of the New Testament. The novel was a phenomenal best-seller; it soon surpassed Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) as the best-selling American novel

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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ is a novel by Lew Wallace published on November 12, 1880 by Harper & Brothers. Wallace's work is part of an important sub-genre of historical fiction set among the characters of the New Testament. The novel was a phenomenal best-seller; it soon surpassed Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) as the best-selling American novel and retained this distinction until the 1936 publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.

The central character is Judah, prince of the Hebrew house of Hur. Judah grows up in Jerusalem, during the turbulent years around the birth of Christ. His best friend is Messala, a Roman. As adults Judah and Messala become rivals, each hating the other, which leads to Judah's downfall and eventual triumph. Elements of the story include leprosy, naval battles among galleys, the Roman hippodrome, Roman adoption, Magus Balthasar, the Arab sheikh Ilderim.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940148673460
Publisher:
Hillside Publishing
Publication date:
01/07/2015
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
890 KB

Meet the Author

Lewis "Lew" Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was a lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, American statesman, and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.

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Ben-Hur (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 94 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read only well-written and important works during this Millenial Year. I picked up the 'Focus on the Family' publication of Ben Hur as I was exiting our library. I did not know I had just picked up the novel of my life. This book is suplative in every way-wonderful plot, incredible characterizations, historically accurate, and even life changing. General Lew Wallace wrote this incredible work in 1880, and I don't believe this novel could be written by today's writers. There are some of the most perfectly written sentences I have ever read, every line comparable to fine wine that must be sipped slowly for best effect rather than gulped like present-day works. It took me a full month of pleasure to finish this fine work. It can be enjoyed by Christian and non-Christian alike, and will cause those who believe to believe even stronger, while those unfamiliar or doubtful of the Good News of Christ will be quickened spiritually. This book is gigantic in scope and life changing in effect. By the way, I've never seen the movie, but I'm going to check it tonight>>>
Roger Beede More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end! It is much better than the movie version!
ML100 More than 1 year ago
Reading the book has filled in the movie. I really appreciated the author's use of language and sentence structure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though the movie Ben Hur is good the book is even better
SANDYSZ More than 1 year ago
What can one say about a book that is a classic. (Nothing)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE BOOK IS FULL OF MISSPELLED WORDS AND WEIRD SYMBOLS THAT HAVE NO MEANING WHAT SO EVER.IT IS HARD TO GET THE FULL MEANING OF THE BOOK. WOULD NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE READ THIS PARTICULAR BOOK.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Although I loved the story, the description at some points seemed too heavy and I started skimming over certain parts. Also there are many errors in the text and it was very difficult to read. But overall a great story that I would recommend:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it a long time a go, but this time I appreciated it more. So beautiful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Educative
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book as a free nook book. It's a "classic" so I figured, "why not?" This book is way beyond overly-descriptive. I found myself actually talking to my book, "I don't really care what the camels are wearing! Get on with it!" The main character of the story isn't even mentioned until page 62 of 435. It took me about 2-3 weeks of forcing myself to read this. If it had been written in 100 pages it probably would have been tolerable. Save yourself some time and watch the old movie version starring Charlton Heston.
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My friend's great great grandfather wrote this book.
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Cool!luved it!
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This is one case where the movie is better than the book. The book bogs down quite a bit in the middle and I found myself saying, "Just get on with it". Still a classic and I can at least say I read it, but the movie is a better, a more thrilling adaptation that stays true to the book.
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I love the story of ben hur but some of the words are mistyped and don't make sense. Also quite a bit of violence so i recommend it to people 11 and up.