You have probably heard of the story, Ben Hur, but odds are you may not have actually seen it…at least until this new version released. So what’s the hype? I knew there was a famous chariot scene (in which someone did not die, despite the rumors…although there was an accident in filming), but that’s about all I knew. Turns out, it’s kind of a big deal. Read this excerpt from Wikipedia:
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”. It became a best-selling American novel, surpassing Harriet Beecher Stowe‘s Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) in sales. The book also inspired other novels with biblical settings and was adapted for the stage and motion picture productions. Ben-Hur remained at the top of the US all-time bestseller list until the publication of Margaret Mitchell‘s Gone with the Wind (1936). The 1959 MGM film adaptation of Ben-Hur was seen by tens of millions and won eleven Academy Awards in 1960, after which the book’s sales increased and it surpassed Gone with the Wind. The novel was blessed by Pope Leo XIII, the first work of fiction to receive such a blessing.