Book #10: Ben-Hur

This book ends the decade! Woot!

I’m reading Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace. It’s about a Jew named Judah Ben-Hur and his journey from Jerusalem to, eventually, Rome. The novel deals with spirituality, love, and identity.

Oxford World Classics edition of "Ben-Hur" by "Lew Wallace"

I’ve been looking forward to reading this one. I really like studying religion and I’m especially interested in Jews and Judaism. I love reading books – both fiction and nonfiction – about Judaism. I don’t know why, it’s just what I’m interested. I kind of want to learn Hebrew.

I think I like the Jews because they have such a long, epic history. They’re an ancient group of people. They’ve been through so much and their culture and religion are still pretty distinct. There’s still a strong sense of heritage and identity there. Judaism the religion also has a rich history and culture. All those philosophers, artists, and the tradition of MIDRASH…man, it’s cool. And don’t forget Kabbalah. Judaism is, to me, THE coolest religion/lifestyle/philosophy. I’m excited.

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I wrote a draft of this post, forgot to post it, and started reading. I’m about a third of the way in. It’s interesting, but, MAN is it slow going. I kind of forgot that American writers in the 1800s LOVED detail. It’s about 70% descriptions and 30% plot advancement.

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