Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

A Tale of the Christ

Paperback - 2003
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Ben-Hur is the remarkable saga of betrayal, revenge, and redemption, played out in the bloodstained arenas of ancient Rome. Framed for attempting to murder a Roman official, Ben-Hur is robbed of his freedom, family, and fortune. Condemned to death as a galley slave, he lives only to avenge himself against the Roman tribune Messala--the boyhood friend who betrayed him.

Ben-Hur vividly recreates the sweep of Imperial Rome--from a thrilling sea battle, to the famous chariot race, to the agony of the Crucifixion. It is the moving, personal tale of the prince who became a slave and then--through a unique twist of fate--was able to fight his way back to the free world as a champion gladiator.

Written by the territorial governor of New Mexico, Ben-Hur was an immediate bestseller upon its release in 1880--selling over two million copies--and continues to be an enduring classic.

Published: New York : Signet Classic, 2003.
ISBN: 9780451528742
0451528743
Branch Call Number: F WAL
Characteristics: 558 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: LaHaye, Tim 1926-2016

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jrayjedi Oct 06, 2015

Great Classic. This seems to me to be Lew Wallace's one hit wonder. Superb realism, although I know anyone but the diehard reader will possibly get turned off by the wordiness of descriptions and older language and dialogue. No problem for me though, when the story is this good.

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cleopatra18
Jan 18, 2013

After an unexpected accident, Ben Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant of Jerusalem, is arrested and sold as a slave. Through his courage and fortitude, he works himself out of serfdom and into a respected Roman family. Determined to get revenge and enact destruction on his enemies, he encounters the person of Christ and learns the value of mercy and forgiveness. One of the most widely read novels of the 19th century!

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