Ben-Hur, A Tale of the Christ

Front Cover, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
439 Reviews
First published in 1880, this epic novel follows much of the life of Judah Ben-Hur, a man living in the time of Christ. Wallace intertwines the lives of Judah and Jesus of Nazareth, beginning the novel with the events of the Nativity and later following the downfall and ensuing hardships of Judah's life. The events depicted in the Gospels of the New Testament concerning Jesus are carefully threaded throughout Judah's story, ultimately finding both Jesus and Judah at the Crucifixion, though in different capacities. The incredible historical spectacle that is Judah of the House of Hur's life is a demonstration of fortitude and faith, a classic story of redemption for a whole family. Wallace wrote this remarkable work as an inspiration of faith, and it became one of the most popular novels of the nineteenth century in America.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

User Review  - Goodreads

I decided to read this book because I read about the author's real-world exploits as a Union general in the Civil War in A Blaze of Glory. The book seems to have made quite a sensation when it came ... Read full review

Review: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

User Review  - Goodreads

This is highly worthwhile reading. I don't know why I waited so long to do so -- but finally read it, and enjoyed it. Now I'll have to look into the "Movies-on-TV" archives and see the movie. Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2004)

Attorney, soldier, politician, and writer, Lew Wallace fought in both the Mexican and Civil wars, after which he returned to practicing law and then entered politics. He wrote his epic Ben-Hur (1880) while serving as territorial governor in New Mexico. A biography of General Benjamin Harrison followed in 1888. Wallace also wrote plays and poetry.

Bibliographic information