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BEN-HUR

 

 

BEN-HUR


A TALE OF THE CHRIST


BY
LEW. WALLACE
AUTHOR OF "THE FAIR GOD"


"Learn of the philosophers always to look for natural causes in all extraordinary events; and when such natural causes are wanting, recur to God"

Count de Gabalis


NEW YORK
HARPER & BROTHERS, FRANKLIN SQUARE

 

 

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1880, by

Harper & Brothers,

In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.


All rights reserved

 

 

TO

THE WIFE OF MY YOUTH

WHO
STILL ABIDES WITH ME

 

 

"But this repetition of the old story is just the fairest charm of domestic discourse. If we can often repeat to ourselves sweet thoughts without ennui, why shall not another be suffered to awaken them within us still oftener."—Hesp.: Jean Paul F. Richter.


"See how from far upon the eastern road
The star-led wisards haste with odours sweet.

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But peaceful was the night
Wherein the Prince of Light
 His reign of peace upon the earth began;
The winds with wonder whist
Smoothly the waters kist,
 Whispering new joys to the mild ocean—
Who now hath quite forgot to rave,
While birds of calm sit brooding on the charmed wave."
Christ's Nativity: The Hymn.—Milton.

 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

  1.  

     
    BOOK FIRST.
  2. CHAPTERPAGE
  3. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    9
  4. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    13
  5. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    18
  6. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    21
  7. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    26
  8. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    34
  9. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    38
  10. VIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    43
  11. IX.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    48
  12. X.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    57
  13. XI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    58
  14. XII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    65
  15. XIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    68
  16. XIV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    78
  17.  

     
    BOOK SECOND.
  18. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    81
  19. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    84
  20. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    94
  21. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    100
  22. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    107
  23. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    114
  24. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    127
  25.  

     
    BOOK THIRD
  26. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    131
  27. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    138
  28. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    144
  29. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    152
  30. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    159
  31. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    165
  32.  

     
    BOOK FOURTH.
  33. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    172
  34. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    176
  35. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    179
  36. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    189
  37. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    197
  38. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    203
  39. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    209
  40. VIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    215
  41. IX.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    222
  42. X.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    228
  43. XI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    236
  44. XII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    245
  45. XIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    255
  46. XIV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    264
  47. XV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    268
  48. XVI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    274
  49. XVII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    281
  50.  

     
    BOOK FIFTH.
  51. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    288
  52. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    292
  53. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    298
  54. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    310
  55. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    311
  56. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    318
  57. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    322
  58. VIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    328
  59. IX.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    339
  60. X.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    343
  61. XI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    348
  62. XII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    355
  63. XIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    360
  64. XIV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    368
  65. XV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    377
  66. XVI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    380
  67.  

     
    BOOK SIXTH.
  68. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    391
  69. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    398
  70. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    410
  71. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    415
  72. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    422
  73. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    430
  74.  

     
    BOOK SEVENTH.
  75. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    441
  76. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    444
  77. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    450
  78. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    457
  79. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    406
  80.  

     
    BOOK EIGHTH.
  81. I.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    475
  82. II.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    483
  83. III.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    490
  84. IV.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    499
  85. V.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    507
  86. VI.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    510
  87. VII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    522
  88. VIII.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    525
  89. IX.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    532
  90. X.
    ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
    541


This work was published before January 1, 1924, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.