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Lew Wallace

Ben Hur, a tale of the Christ
Harper, 1880

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Historical novel by Lewis Wallace, published in 1880 and widely translated. It depicts the oppressive Roman occupation of ancient Palestine and the origins of Christianity. The Jew Judah Ben-Hur is wrongly accused by his former friend, the Roman Messala, of attempting to kill a Roman official. He is sent to be a slave and his mother and sister are imprisoned. Years later he returns, wins a chariot race against Messala, and is reunited with his now leprous mother and sister. Mother and daughter are cured on the day of the Crucifixion, and the family is converted to Christianity. -Amazon.com/ The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

- Amazon.com/ The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature , 12/19/2005

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