As one of the best-selling stories of all time, Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world, both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew's great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today's audience.
Now a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend, Messala, betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.
Rediscover the intrigue, romance, and tragedy in this thrilling adventure.
Also included: the inspiring story behind the story of Lew Wallace, Indiana lawyer, author, and Civil War general.
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Great book for one who's never read it or seen it.
Yes. For someone who likes a period piece, this book has all the ingredients to a great novel. Interesting characters, great story-line, adventure, a hero and a bit of romance all situated around a story as old as paper itself. Whether you are a devout Christian or an agnostic matters not. This is a great book.
The fact that this fictional character and story is loosely structured around and involves the adult life of Christ gives it the feel of a non-fictional story. While many of the circumstances affecting the main character seem a bit far-fetched, they also remind you that wonderful things happen to lousy people and vice-versa and while a rags to riches story may invoke an eye-roll in some it also gives hope and reason to endure for others.
Christ's last message in the book to his decipels when asked what were they to do now: "Feed my lambs, tend my sheep, follow me".
I found this profound and kind of a slap to reality as the message was simply telling them to love and take care of one another and avoid doing evil things, which even if Christ was not the son of God, is a message that we should all follow as the act is Godly regardless of what deity you follow.
From someone who has done nothing but listen to Stephen King type thrillers this was a welcome break and unexpected enjoyment.I have never read the original book nor have I seen either the old nor the newer version of the movie. I doubt very much any screen adaptation will be able to hold the same significance for me as this audio book did, but I will give them a shot. A very well written book. A wonderful story. I hope all who partake enjoy it as much as I did.
- Scott A Brady