Ben Hur is a historical novel based on the Life on Jesus. Hur was a companion of Moses and Aaron in the Bible. He was a member of the Tribe of Judah. Ben Hur means "Son of Hur." In the historical novel format, the author takes known and accurate historical events and weaves into them fictional events and personalities created by the writer's ...
Ben Hur is a historical novel based on the Life on Jesus. Hur was a companion of Moses and Aaron in the Bible. He was a member of the Tribe of Judah. Ben Hur means "Son of Hur." In the historical novel format, the author takes known and accurate historical events and weaves into them fictional events and personalities created by the writer's imagination. Ben Hur is sentenced to slave labor in a Roman war galley. Along the way, he unknowingly encounters Jesus, the carpenter's son who offers him water. Once on board the ship, he impresses a Roman admiral, Quintus Arrius, who allows him to remain unchained. When his ship is attacked and sunk by pirates, Ben Hur saves him from drowning. Ben Hur was leaning over the parapet looking at the new governor arriving below when a tile broke loose and fell injuring and almost killing the governor. Although this was an accident, Ben Hur was accused of trying to assassinate the Governor. He avoids the death penalty by being sentenced to life in the galleys instead. Arrius treats Ben Hur as a son because his own wife and child have died. He makes Ben Hur a Citizen of Rome. Over the years, the young man grows strong and becomes a victorious chariot racer. This eventually leads to a climactic showdown with Messala in a chariot race, in which Ben Hur is the victor. Messala does not die, as he does in the 1959 film, but is so severely injured that he will never walk again. Ben Hur is eventually reunited with his mother and sister, who are suffering from leprosy but are miraculously cured by Jesus.
Good. HB, Harper & Brothers, New York, 1880. Blue cloth on boards with star in top right corner of front is showing shelf wear, bumped corners, crack at dedication page, 2 marks on both fep and bep where something used to be glued, contents are lightly browned, clean with slightly weak hinges, 16 pages of ads in back. Good.
Poor. Book. 16mo-over 5¾"-6¾" tall. Flat, solid readers copy. Cover is soiled with some edgewear; Pages are flat and clean with no creases or tears. Binding appears to have been repaired, no pages missing. SYNOPSIS: Pocket Books #GC-75. Galley slave, gladiator, champion of Jesus-This is Judah Ben-Hur who returned from the living death of the Roman galleys to wreak veneance on his enemies. This is the story of his fight for justice, his love for Esther...the man who tried to save Jesus of Nazareth from the cross and, in failing, found a new strength to fight his final and most glorious battle.
We've love the 1959 movie, watch it yearly and finally decided we wanted to read an unabridged copy of the book (unabridged-not easy to find) especially because we know a descendant of Lew Wallace. Anyway, this read will be slow going for those who want a fast paced page turner. Wallace' word usage and style are those of the 1800's - but if you have patience and perseverance you will be treated to a terrific story and a narration that will really take you back to those ancient times.
Sep 3, 2010
A Wonderful Tale
The book is my very favorite of all the books I have ever read and I have bought some of the books to give on special occasions. This is a book that everyone needs to read in my opinion.
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