How does Daniel change in The Bronze Bow?
Daniel is a young man consumed by vengeance. His father and uncle are crucified by the Romans. His mother dies shortly afterward, leaving both Daniel and his sister, Leah, orphaned. Their grandmother sells Daniel to the town blacksmith out of dire poverty. These circumstances turn Daniel into a bitter and angry person and push him into joining a group of rebels. His time with the rebels only stokes his rage.
Daniel slowly changes over the course of the story, becoming a more merciful person. His encounters with Jesus of Nazareth aid in this progression. Jesus's message emphasizes compassion and mercy, even towards one's enemies. It takes a long time for Daniel to accept these ideas because he does not see how they will help liberate the Jewish people from imperial domination. He continues to cling to violent acts and aggression, believing these will push the Romans out, but these hostile tactics never work and only perpetuate Daniel's hatred.
Eventually, it takes his beloved sister, Leah, being on the point of death for Daniel to reach out to Jesus, who heals her. This final encounter opens Daniel's heart and inspires him to invite the Roman soldier Marcus into his home, an act symbolic of his forgiving his enemies.