Updating a classic story

03 Jul

Ben-HurBook Review: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, by Carol Wallace

When most people think of Ben-Hur, they think of the 1959 movie starring Charlton Heston which won 11 Academy Awards. What they may not know is that the original book was published in 1880 and was written by a veteran of the Civil War, General Lew Wallace.

Carol Wallace, the great-great-granddaughter of Lew Wallace, has written an updated version of the book. She has taken the old-fashioned prose of the original novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience. The release of the book corresponds with a new version of the film which will be released later this summer. While I have not read the original work nor seen the 1959 film, I did enjoy Carol Wallace’s updated version.

The tale begins in Jerusalem and tells the story of Judah Ben-Hur, who is betrayed by his best friend from childhood and falsely accused of trying to murder the Roman governor. He is sentenced to the Roman galleys and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and his former friend Messala. The action includes a naval battle where Ben-Hur saves the Roman leader and a chariot race made famous in the film. The book weaves the earthly ministry of Jesus into the story as Ben-Hur and Jesus cross paths on a few occasions. Judah Ben-Hur’s life is never the same after he meets Jesus.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on July 3, 2016 in Books, Jesus


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