Looking to where he pointed, they beheld the stranger again. As Ben-Hur surveyed the slender figure, and holy, beautiful countenance compassionate to sadness, a new idea broke upon him.

“Balthasar is right- so is Simonides. May not the Redeemer be a king also?”

And he asked one at his side, “Who is the man walking yonder?”

The other laughed mockingly, and replied- “He is the son of a carpenter over in Nazareth.”

Ben-Hur Table of Contents of the On-Line Edition. Cf. Ben-Hur in Print, at Amazon