Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur was hugely popular when first published in 1880, and has become a classic of Christian fiction, as well as inspiring one of Hollywood's great biblical epics. Now with the exciting film remake comes this tie-in version of...
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Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur was hugely popular when first published in 1880, and has become a classic of Christian fiction, as well as inspiring one of Hollywood's great biblical epics. Now with the exciting film remake comes this tie-in version of the novel, updated by Lew Wallace's great-granddaughter Carol!
:When Judah Ben-Hur's childhood friend Messala returns to Judea indoctrinated by Roman teachings, he cruelly mocks Judah's Jewish beliefs. Messala is working for the new Roman governor, Gratus, who has planned an inaugural parade through the city streets. As Judah watches the scene unfold from his palace rooftop, he accidentally dislodges a loose tile from his house, which hits the leader. Messala, seeing an opportunity to undercut his former friend, ensures that Ben-Hur is harshly sentenced without a trial and that his mother and sister are unjustly imprisoned. Sent to the galleys to live out his days as a slave, Judah vows to one day return and seek his revenge. But as Ben-Hur becomes a follower of a carpenter whom he believes will make war against the Romans, he soon learns that earthly revenge is not the way of Christ.
This classic bestselling novel, also a major motion picture, has now been updated and revised by the great-granddaughter of the original author.
Carol Wallace is best known for co-authoring New York Times best-seller 'To Marry an English Lord.' Cited by Sir Julian Fellowes as an inspiration for "Downton Abbey." Other publications include more than 20 books and dozens of magazine articles, focusing on humor, social history, parenting, and fiction. The most recent title is an historical novel, 'Leaving Van Gogh', was published in April 2011. Carol is the great-great granddaughter of Lew Wallace, author of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. Adapting the original novel for contemporary audiences was both an honour and a thrill for her.