22gigantes.com - It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin in sales. The book also inspired other novels with biblical settings and was adapted for the stage and motion picture productions. Ben-Hur remained at the top of the US all-time bestseller list until the publication of Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. The 1959 MGM film adaptation of Ben-Hur was seen by tens of millions and won eleven Academy Awards in 1960, after which the book's sales increased and it surpassed Gone with the Wind. The novel was blessed by Pope Leo XIII, the first work of fiction to receive such a blessing The success of the novel and its stage and film adaptations also helped it to become a popular cultural icon that was used to promote numerous commercial products.The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian. Running in parallel with Judah's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, who comes from the same region and is a similar age. The novel reflects themes of betrayal, conviction, and redemption, with a revenge plot that leads to a story of love and compassion.
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Most helpful customer reviews 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful. A Book for All of Humanity By Amazon Customer All I remembered about Ben Hur was the Charlton Heston movie, which I saw when I was young -- and all I remembered of that was the galley scenes and of course the chariot scene. The reason I bought and read the book was because of the title: A Tale of the Christ. About half way through the book, I did a Google Search on it and found that it was one of the most popular Christian pieces of literature of all time. I had no idea! I am only 82% of the way through the book, but will rank up there in the top 5 books of all time for me. I especially appreciate Ben Hur's struggle between his human desire for an earthly king, and his soul's need for a heavenly savior -- and the influences in his life to lead him to the truth. A book for all of humanity. 3 of 3 people found the following review helpful. ASTONISHING and most EXCELLENT! By Melanie Barta I am now a Christian, but did not come to this faith as a youngster. I SO pushed against the teachings of Christ for so many years. After I nearly died at the age of 37, my lovely wife helped me in my discovery of Him.I have read the Bible fully wice, but it continues to amaze me daily with its open truth, and invitation to explore.I remember watching the 1959 Ben-Hur as a13-yr-old, and it really affected me, though I continued in my "Christian-faith-bashing" for many years after.I read in Wikipedia recently and accidentally, about this book and its author. Quite a story in itself. So i decided to read it, and listen via Audible at the same time.The reading is very well done, and actually would be a better way to have younger people get into this book.The story so captured me, that I couldn't STOP. It's exciting and full of very picturesque descriptions of the environment of those times around Jesus's life. It puts you RIGHT THERE, and you experience what it's like from a different point-of-view.This is a good read TODAY for the Christian and non-Christian alike. It brought me to tears a couple times, a most unusual thing for words on a page to do.Read it!! 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful. An engaging read that takes some work getting used to. By John Hallquist General Lew Wallace wrote this book 15 years after his service in the Civil War, so the language is a little stilted. There are a few words that not even dictionary.com can find definitions for, but they are not used often. I got used to the style by the time I was about a quarter of the way thru the book. Once past these hurdles, the story is engaging and keeps things going. The volume is divided into eight books of 10-15 chapters each. It is in the first book that we are introduced to Jesus, and he makes a brief appearance by a well at the beginning of Ben-Hur's slavery. The eighth book is where the subtitle, A tale of the Christ, is earned.So much action takes place in Antioch, that I started looking for ruins on Google Earth and other mapping programs. Not much success there, Princeton had done some excavations in the 1930's, but apparently there is not much left to be seen today, at least not from the aerial photos. See all 432 customer reviews...
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