Ben hur a tale of the christ is a novel by lew wallace published by harper and brothers on november 12 1880 and considered the most influential christian book of the nineteenth century it became a best selling american novel surpassing harriet beecher stowes uncle toms cabin 1852 in sales the book also inspired other novels with . Juda ben hur gathers legions to be led by the divine king the final scene is a bit different but equally touching as in the 1959 version weeping may endure for a night but in the morning cometh joy strikingly similar to solomon and sheba 1959 all in all this film is an unforgettable experience. Ben hur a tale of the christ lewis lew wallace new york grosset dunlap 1908 491 p ben hur a tale of the christ is a novel by lew wallace published by harper brothers on november 12 1880 and considered the most influential christian book of the nineteenth century. The reason for this is that this is a tale of the christ as the subtitle indicates our hero ben hur is a witness of events in the gospels near the end of the novel at the time the book was written the only widely used english bible was the king james and it was considered inappropriate to reword the bible. Ben hur a tale of the christ by general lew wallace was published by harper brothers on november 12 1880 wallace had been researching and writing the novel for seven years he did most of his work underneath a beech tree near his residence in crawfordsville indiana
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