Who wrote Ben Hur?
Ben-Hur is the fictional story of Ben-Hur (Hebrew: יהודה בן חור) or Benhur, a Judean aristocrat who, during the reign of the Roman Emperor Tiberius, is enslaved through the betrayal of his Roman friend Messala. Embittered and vengeful after regaining his freedom, he is redeemed after encountering Jesus and witnessing his crucifixion. Originally a Lew Wallace novel of 1880, the story has been adapted for stage, screen and radio numerous times.
The name Ben-Hur is mentioned in 1 Kings 4:7. However, the basis for the movie Ben-Hur is a fictional book written by Lew Wallace, a Civil War General. The writer said he thinks something like this could have happened during those times, which is why he wrote it. No proof has been found that the story of Ben-Hur is real. Equally, there is none that it isn't. We can only believe the story is fictional…
The 'Ben-Hur' story line, depicted in the movies, is fictional, but the name means: BEN=the son of + HUR=a man's name..."The son of Hur". This reference can be found in one scripture: (1 Kings 4:7-8) "And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel...And these are their names: The son of Hur, in mount Ephraim: ..."(KJV) This is rendered 'Ben-Hur' in NIV and NASB and many other translations.