- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Paperback: 620 pages
- Publisher: Norilana Books (October 18, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934648213
- ISBN-13: 978-1934648216
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 650 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,046,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
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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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This classic novel, subtitled A Tale of the Crist, has fascinated readers for generations with its vivid depictions of Jesus' life interwoven with the fictional story of Judah Ben-Hur, a young Jew who finds his life inexorably changed by the Messiah. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I was amazed at the level of detail General Wallace included in Ben Hur especially in light of the fact that he had not visited the Holy Land prior to the book's publication. Having been to the region a number of times and considering myself to be familiar with the history of the time period, I was impressed with his accuracy.
My only criticisms deal with the somewhat lofty and ponderous language he used in the novel. The modern reader would have difficulty wading through it. Also, I question the ability of Ben Hur to raise three Jewish legions without the knowledge of Rome.
I recommend that someone interested in the book view the movie first. Quite frankly, I felt that the story line of the movie was more plausible and moved along better.
This is an iconic novel of Palestine, Rome, and Greece at around the beginning of the common era. It is peopled with mostly fictional characters, the exception being the biblical Jesus, his followers, and various actual Roman and Jewish leaders of the era.
The syntax can be difficult at times. . . stilted, formal. The story is of a young Jewish man, a subject of persecution by Rome, and his occasional crossing of paths with Jesus as the biblical story is woven in, and quite accurately I might add. I am a fairly vigorous Bible scholar, and with above average knowledge regarding the city of Jerusalem. I was extremely pleased with the Wallace recounting of the biblical tale, and fleshing it out with fictional detail. Very believable and very accurate. The plot is intricate, well told, and engaging. The story was also very moving at times.
Regarding things "religious" . . . quiz a hundred people regarding Bible "truth" and you'll get a hundred responses. That said, compared to my understanding of what the Bible says (which in my eyes is The Truth, and not always in alignment with mainstream.), I was much pleased that there were very few variations from this in Ben-Hur.
No point in my re-telling the novel for you. It's rewarding, as one of those reads you will always carry with you (mentally). Do read this one.