A Tale of the ChristBook - 1880
Ben-Hur is a remarkable saga of betrayal, revenge, and redemption played out in the bloodstained arenas of ancient Rome. Framed for attempting to murder a Roman official, Ben-Hur is robbed of his freedom, family, and fortune. Condemned to death as a galley slave, he lives only to avenge himself against the Roman tribune Messala-the boyhood friends who betrayed him.
Epic in scope, Ben-Hur vividly re-creates the sweep of Imperial Rome-from a thrilling sea battle, to the famous chariot race, to the agony of Crucifixion. It is the moving personal tale of the prince who became a slave and then-through a unique twist of fate-was able to fight his way back to the free world as a champion gladiator.
Written by the territorial governor of New Mexico, Ben-Hur was an immediate bestseller upon its release in 1880-selling more than two million copies-and it continues to be an enduring classic.
With an Introduction by Tim Lahaye and a New Afterword by Thomas Moore.