How Long to Read Ben-Hur

By Lew Wallace

How Long Does it Take to Read Ben-Hur?

It takes the average reader 5 hours and 24 minutes to read Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace

Assuming a reading speed of 250 words per minute. Learn more


Ben-Hur is a heroic story of a fictional hero named Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman who was falsely accused of an attempted assassination and enslaved by the Romans. He becomes a successful charioteer.The story's revenge plot becomes a story of compassion and forgiveness. The novel is divided into eight books, or parts, each with its own subchapters. Book one opens with the story of the three biblical Magi, who arrive in Bethlehem to hear the news of Christ's birth. Readers meet the fictional character of Judah for the first time in book two, when his childhood friend Messala, also a fictional character, returns home as an ambitious commanding officer of the Roman legions. The teen-aged boys come to realize that they have changed and hold very different views and aspirations. When a loose tile is accidentally dislodged from the roof of Judah's house during a military parade and strikes the Roman governor, knocking him from his horse, Messala falsely accuses Judah of attempted assassination. Although Judah is not guilty and receives no trial, he is sent to the Roman galleys for life; his mother and sister are imprisoned in a Roman jail, where they contract leprosy; and all the family property is confiscated. Judah first encounters Jesus, who offers him a drink of water and encouragement, as Judah is being marched to slavery aboard a galley. Their lives continue to intersect as the story unfolds. In book three Judah survives his ordeal as a galley slave through good fortune, which includes befriending and saving the commander of his ship, who later adopts him. Judah goes on to become a trained soldier and charioteer. In books four and five Judah returns home to Jerusalem to seek revenge and redemption for his family.

How long is Ben-Hur?

Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace is 322 pages long, and a total of 81,144 words.

This makes it 109% the length of the average book. It also has 99% more words than the average book.

How Long Does it Take to Read Ben-Hur Aloud?

The average oral reading speed is 183 words per minute. This means it takes 7 hours and 23 minutes to read Ben-Hur aloud.

What Reading Level is Ben-Hur?

Ben-Hur is suitable for students ages 12 and up.

Note that there may be other factors that effect this rating besides length that are not factored in on this page. This may include things like complex language or sensitive topics not suitable for students of certain ages.

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