A Tale of Visitation

Ben-Hur

The Roman soldiers are leading a long train of slaves to the galleys, and one of them, a Jew from the princely family of Hur, is near to dying of thirst. When he tries to sip a little water from the dipper held out for the other prisoners, a soldier cries out, “Not for you,” and knocks it from his mouth.

A man has been watching the goings-on. We see his hands; they are young. We see the tools of the carpenter. He sets the tools down. We do not see him directly. The camera shows us what he sees. The music, by the magnificent Miklós Rózsa, tells us who he is. He is not intimidated by the Romans. He goes over to the young prince, who has fallen to his knees. He gives him water, letting him...

 

is a Distinguished Professor at Thales College and the author of over thirty books and many articles in both scholarly and general interest journals. A senior editor of Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity, Dr. Esolen is known for his elegant essays on the faith and for his clear social commentaries. In addition to Salvo, his articles appear regularly in Touchstone, Crisis, First Things, Inside the Vatican, Public Discourse, Magnificat, Chronicles and in his own online literary magazine, Word & Song.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #67, Winter 2023 Copyright © 2024 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo67/a-tale-of-visitation

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