Hezron, Joel's father, is a Rabbi, or teacher of the Jewish Law. He is also a Pharisee, a member of a strict sect of Jewish leaders whom Jesus said valued outward observance of the law over inward qualities such as mercy, justice, and faith. When Daniel visits Joel at his home, he stays for their meal and engages in an uncomfortable conversation with Hezron.
The man actually knew of Daniel's father and his fate at the hands of the Romans. Instead of showing sympathy, he states coolly, "He was a good man, your father, but a rash one." The conversation turns to the one topic that is always uppermost in Daniel's mind: the Roman occupation of Israel. Hezron states that he is grieved about the captivity of the Jews just as Daniel is. However, he views the Roman presence as a punishment from God on the Jewish nation and believes that they must bear it patiently. He compares the ineffectiveness of the Zealots to "buzzing mosquitoes."
He then tells Daniel what he thinks is more powerful than Rome, namely, "the Law, given to Moses and our fathers." Long past the day when the Romans have "vanished from the earth," he says, the Law will remain. This is small consolation to Daniel since it envisions a lifetime of subservience to people he despises. Hezron tells Daniel to "go in peace" but commands him to never return to their home. He has given Daniel no hope to help him deal with his inner turmoil.