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Ben-hur: A Tale Of The Christ
by Lew Wallace
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?Compared with other romances . . . Ben-Hur easily passes them all, by a vitality which has a touch of genius.? ?Carl Van Doren
Thank thou thy God, he said to Ben-Hur, after a look at the galleys, "thank thou thy God, as I do my many gods. A pirate would sink, not save, yon ship. By the act and the helmet on the mast I know a Roman. The victory is mine. Fortune hath not deserted me. We are saved.
This is a saga of a reverent journey by Judah Ben-Hur through reprisal, torment, affliction, and devout illumination to the revelation of Christianity. Ben-Hur grew up in a Roman-occupied Palestine as a wealthy young Jew whose family is respected of the citizenry but whose friend, Massala, a Roman warrior, betrays him by treacherously accusing him of the attempted murder of a Roman Prince. Suddenly the whole family is separated and punished: Ben-Hur is sent away as a slave and his mother and sister are imprisoned in a leper colony. His conflict with an imperious government, adventurous political spectacles, maudlin dramatics and heroic theatre vividly strips his blindness to bureautic control and awakens an enlightenment of monumental proportions. His suffering leads him to the vision of Jesus and acceptance of Him. At last, Ben-Hur must challenge Massala's domination in a chariot race. On the day of the Crucifixtion the quest for peace and the recovery of unity is complete, and Ben-Hur's search is over. Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.
The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Historical novel by Lewis Wallace, published in 1880 and widely translated. It depicts the oppressive Roman occupation of ancient Palestine and the origins of Christianity. The Jew Judah Ben-Hur is wrongly accused by his former friend, the Roman Messala, of attempting to kill a Roman official. He is sent to be a slave and his mother and sister are imprisoned. Years later he returns, wins a chariot race against Messala, and is reunited with his now leprous mother and sister. Mother and daughter are cured on the day of the Crucifixion, and the family is converted to Christianity.
Card catalog description
A wealthy young Jew and his family experiencing changing fortunes under Roman tyranny are affected by the life and teachings of a Nazarene named Jesus Christ.
From the Inside Flap
One of the most popular American novels of all time, General Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur vividly reimagines the mighty Roman Empire and the rise of Christianity. The saga of Judah Ben-Hur's spiritual journey from slavery to vengeance to redemption is both a vivid historical adventure and a powerful story of one man's religious awakening. As Blake Allmendinger writes in his Introduction to this Modern Library Paperback Classic, "Ben-Hur has endured for more than one hundred years because it offers something for everyone. The story of the Jewish hero Ben-Hur, his conflict with the Roman warrior Messala, and his conversion to Christianity at the foot of the Cross, combines adventure, sentimentality, athletic spectacle, and religious devotion."
From the Back Cover
“Compared with other romances . . . Ben-Hur easily passes them all, by a vitality which has a touch of genius.” —Carl Van Doren
About the Author
Blake Allmendinger is professor of English at UCLA. A leading scholar of American literature, his books include Ten Most Wanted: The New Western Literature.
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