A thrilling spectacle about a man ravaged by betrayal, gripped by vengeance, and restored by Christ.

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Ben Hur is a tale of the turbulent life of a man of wealth in first-century Judea, betrayed by a friend to toil at the oar of a ship, while his mother and sister are unjustly imprisoned. Ben-Hur is a man whose heroism while a slave leads to his adoption by a Roman commander. He forsakes position for revenge but is helpless to allay the suffering of those he loves. He is overwhelmed by the anguish of life, but he finds a man greater than himself, who gives new life.

This study guide will help you discuss some of the major themes of Ben-Hur. How does forgiveness succeed when vengeance fails? How can we wait for God with faith and hope? What is it like to encounter Jesus?

Discussion Guide

    • Movie Summary

    • Discussing the Scenes *Bonus Material: DVD Scenes to Watch*

(Romans 12:17–19; Matthew 5:38–42; Psalm 9:7–9; Luke 6:37; Psalm 103:8–12)
—God’s Providence
(Isaiah 46:9–11; 2 Peter 3:8–9)
—Jesus the Nazarene
(Isaiah 42:1–4; 53:1–9; Matthew 4:23–25; 7:28–29; 16:13–16; Luke 23:34)
    • As the Credits Roll

Based On

Ben Hur (MGM, 1959), rated G.

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