Ben-Hur

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Wildside Press LLC, Mar 1, 2009 - Fiction - 628 pages
24 Reviews
The adventure of a Hebrew named Messala, taking place in Biblical times during the Roman occupation of Israel and the coming of Christ.
  

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Review: Ben-Hur

User Review  - Sharon Powers - Goodreads

BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST By Lew Wallace Book Review by:Sharon Powers. Ulysses S. Grant sat to read the new novel, Ben Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The words of the book soon caught his imagination ... Read full review

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User Review  - Walter - Goodreads

"Ben Hur" is a novel in the style of the historical epic format that was popular in the late 19th Century. Written by Lew Wallace, a General in the Union Army during the Civil War, the novel is an ... Read full review

Contents

BOOK FIRST I Into the Desert
13
Meeting of the Wise Men
18
The Athenian SpeaksFaith
23
Speech of the HindooLove
27
The Egyptians StoryGood Works
32
The Joppa Gate
42
Typical Characters at the Joppa Gate
45
Joseph and Mary Going to Bethlehem
51
The Dowar in the Orchard of Palms
298
Balthasar Impresses BenHur
302
Christ is ComingBalthasar
308
The KingdomSpiritual or Political?
316
BOOK FIFTH I Messala Doffs his Chaplet
323
Ilderims Arabs under the Yoke
327
The Arts of Cleopatra
335
Messala on Guard
348

The Cave at Bethlehem
56
The Light in the Sky
66
Christ is Born
74
The Wise Men Arrive at Jerusalem
75
The Witnesses before Herod
78
The Wise Men Find the Child
90
BOOK SECOND I Jerusalem under the Romans
93
A Judean Home
108
The Strange Things BenHur Wants to Know
114
Rome and IsraelA Comparison
122
The Accident to Gratus
130
BenHur and Messala
143
A Galley Slave
144
BOOK THIRD I Quintus Arrius Goes to Sea
149
At the Oar
157
Arrius and BenHur on Deck
164
No 60
168
The Sea Fight
180
Arrius Adopts BenHur
187
BOOK FOURTH I BenHur Returns East
195
On the Orontes
200
The Demand on Simonides
203
Simonides and Esther
214
The Grove of Daphne
228
The Mulberries of Daphne
229
The Stadium in the Grove
236
The Fountain of Castalia
243
The Chariot Race Discussed
251
BenHur Hears of Christ
258
The Wise Servant and his Daughter
266
A Roman Orgy
280
A Driver for Ilderims Arabs
287
Ilderim and BenHur Deliberate
350
Training the Four
357
Simonides Renders Account
361
Spiritual or Political?Simonides Argues
368
Esther and BenHur
380
Posted for the Race
386
Making the Wagers
390
The Circus
398
The Start
408
The Race
409
In the Palace of Idernee 404
413
The Invitation of Iras
422
The Tower of AntoniaCell No VI
438
The Lepers
446
Jerusalem Again
459
BenHur at his Fathers Gate
465
The Tomb Above the Kings Garden
472
A Trick of PilatesThe Combat
481
BOOK SEVENTH I Jerusalem Goes out to a Prophet
493
Nooning by the PoolIras
496
The Life of a Soul
503
BenHur Keeps Watch with Iras
521
BOOK EIGHTH I Guests in the House of Hur
531
BenHur Tells of the Nazarene
540
The Lepers Leave their Tomb
547
The Miracle
561
Pilgrims to the Passover
568
A Serpent of the Nile
570
BenHur Returns to Esther
583
GethsemaneWhom Seek Ye?
586
The Going to Calvary
596

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About the author (2009)

Lewis "Lew" Wallace (1827 - 1905) was an American lawyer, governor, Union general in the American Civil War, politician and author, best remembered for his historical novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Wallace was born in Brookville, Indiana, to David and Esther French Test Wallace. His father served as lieutenant governor and Indiana Governor; his stepmother, Zerelda Gray Sanders Wallace, was a prominent in temperance and suffrage.Wallace served in the Mexican War in 1846 as a first lieutenant with the 1st Indiana Infantry regiment. He was admitted to the bar in 1849. In 1851 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the First Congressional District. At the start of the Civil War, Wallace was appointed state adjutant general and helped raise troops in Indiana. On April 25, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 11th Indiana Infantry. After brief service in western Virginia, he was promoted to brigadier general of volunteers on September 3 and given the command of a brigade. Wallace also held a number of important political posts during the 1870s and 1880s. He served as governor of New Mexico Territory from 1878 to 1881, and as U.S. Minister to the Ottoman Empire from 1881 to 1885. As governor, he offered amnesty to many men involved in the Lincoln County War; in the process he met with Billy the Kid (Henry McCarty). On 17 March 1879, the pair arranged that Kid would act as an informant and testify against others involved in the Lincoln County War, and, in return, Kid would be "scot free with a pardon in his]pocket for all [his] misdeeds." But the Kid returned to his outlaw ways and Governor Wallace withdrew his offer. While serving as governor, Wallace completed the novel that made him famous: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880). It grew to be the best-selling American novel of the 19th century. The book has never been out of print and has been filmed four times.

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