Young Ben-Hur and Messala were the best of friends. They loved to race chariots. One day, Messala had to leave Jerusalem and his Jewish friend, to study in Rome and become a Roman officer. When Messala came back, the boyhood friends were now men, but friends no longer.
Messala falsely imprisoned Ben-Hur's family and sent him to the galleys. But Ben-Hur survived. And he returned, seeking his family and Messala.
The former friends squared off one last, desperate chariot race. What happened next, and what became of them at the hands of a magnificent Stranger, makes BEN-HUR: A RACE TO GLORY one of the most thrilling, inspiring adventures ever.
(All ages/English/Spanish/French/30 min)
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Blessed by Pope Leo XIII, the novel was the first work of fiction to be so honored. The success of the novel and its stage and film adaptations also helped it become a popular cultural icon that was used to promote numerous commercial products.
The story recounts in descriptive detail the adventures of Judah Ben-Hur, a fictional Jewish prince from Jerusalem, who is enslaved by the Romans at the beginning of the 1st century and becomes a charioteer and a Christian. Running in parallel with Judah's narrative is the unfolding story of Jesus, who comes from the same region and is a similar age. The novel reflects themes of betrayal, conviction, and redemption, with a revenge plot that leads to a story of love and compassion.