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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace
By: (1827-1905)

"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" is a beautifully written epic tale that spans across time and continents, blending elements of historical fiction and religious themes seamlessly. The story follows the journey of Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince who is betrayed by his childhood friend and adopted brother, leading to his unjust imprisonment and enslavement.

Lew Wallace's writing is rich and descriptive, painting vivid pictures of ancient Rome and Jerusalem, as well as the characters' emotional turmoil and personal growth. The intersecting narratives of Judah's quest for revenge and redemption, and the life of Jesus Christ, are masterfully intertwined, adding depth and relevance to the overall narrative.

The exploration of faith, forgiveness, and the power of love are central themes that resonate throughout the novel, making it a profound and thought-provoking read. The characters are well-developed and engaging, each with their own struggles and motivations that drive the plot forward.

Overall, "Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" is a timeless classic that transcends genres and generations, offering readers a gripping and spiritually uplifting tale that continues to inspire and captivate audiences to this day.

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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.

With the help of a faithful family retainer and a generous Arab sheik, Ben-Hur is enabled to take part in a widely touted chariot race, where one of the other charioteers is the boyhood friend who connived to punish him for the accident and split his estate. That rival is crippled, financially and bodily, in a no-holds-barred race (memorable from the 1959 movie with Charlton Heston).

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. And with him, we receive a gut-wrenching eye-witness view of Jesus’ arrest, humiliation, and crucifixion.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 25, 2017
Subject: A great book read by an excellent reader
Ben-Hur is a must read for Christian and a good read for non-Christian as well. The excellent reading by Mark Smith is the icing on the cake, I really enjoyed listening and reading the text simultaneously.
Reviewer: - July 12, 2013
Subject: Excellent book
I have read Ben-Hur twice and listen to it once. I really enjoy it. The ultimate revenge story. Read very well by Mark Smith.

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