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The primary conflict in Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Bronze Bow is the internal conflict Daniel experiences with himself. He has become so consumed by hatred of the Romans and his desire for...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016, 2:27 am (UTC)

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Here are the main events of each chapter of The Bronze Bow. 1: Daniel meets the young twins, Joel and Malthace, on the mountain and they discuss the Messiah. 2. Rosh’s band ambushes a passing...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2016, 9:20 pm (UTC)

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Chapter One clearly indicates that the conflict Daniel has is with the Romans who have taken over his land and ensured that no Jew can be free and have possession of their own territory. Note how...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2013, 6:46 am (UTC)

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Some of Daniel’s most important characteristics are his passion, loyalty, resourcefulness, and determination. The passion and loyalty go hand in hand as he mourns the death of his father, mother,...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2019, 4:34 pm (UTC)

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The main external conflict between Daniel and the Romans induces a profound internal conflict within the young man's soul. Despite being thoroughly determined to drive the hated Roman oppressor...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2019, 6:15 am (UTC)

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According to Rosh, Daniel's fatal flaw is that he is not ruthless enough. Rosh tells Daniel, "I've warned you before...there's a soft streak in you. Till you get rid of it you're no good to the...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2010, 8:46 am (UTC)

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By this stage in the story, Daniel has broken free from his life at the forge to become an outlaw. The lifestyle agrees with him, and he has no intention of going back to the village. Simon,...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2019, 6:53 am (UTC)

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The title refers to the bow symbol used by Daniel, Joel, and Thacia in Chapter 7 that is also found in Psalms 18:34 in the Bible. Daniel has lived most of his life with hatred for the Romans. His...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2017, 10:14 am (UTC)

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Daniel and Joel are both committed young zealots, determined to drive the hated Roman occupier out of Israel. They both display considerable courage throughout the story, showing a willingness to...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2018, 9:11 am (UTC)

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The Bronze Bow refers to a passage in one of the Psalms, religious songs and verse attributed to King David. In Psalm 18, the songwriter speaks of having God give him the strength to "fight, and...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 10:40 pm (UTC)

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Both Rosh and Jesus are seen by the villagers as men opposing the Roman rule over Israel. However, they are extremely different in their beliefs and methods. Rosh is a bandit living in the hills;...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2013, 10:31 pm (UTC)

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After the inciting incident, where Daniel meets his childhood acquaintance Joel in the mountains outside the village, the rising action begins. Daniel and Joel participate in Rosh's raid on a...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019, 6:02 am (UTC)

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A significant conflict develops between Daniel and Rosh. Though both are devoted to the cause of liberating Judea from the Romans, the two young men have completely different value systems. Rosh is...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2018, 7:08 am (UTC)

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At the start of the story, Daniel is young, immature, and full of rage. He's profoundly dissatisfied with life under the Roman occupation and wants nothing more than to join with the zealots in...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2019, 6:22 am (UTC)

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With the harvest season of Nisan drawing to a close, Daniel becomes impatient to take the fight to the Romans. He doesn't understand why Rosh lingers in the mountains, giving everyone seemingly...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2015, 4:02 pm (UTC)

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Just a bit to add to tthaker's correct answer. Daniel's mother died not only from grief, but also from exposure, probably from pneumonia. The deaths of Daniel's parents have additional health...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2007, 8:02 am (UTC)

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When Daniel first hears Jesus preach, he believes that Jesus is a born leader, a man who can ignite the spark of revolution against the Romans. Daniel is confused when the spark is never born;...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2013, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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In the beginning of The Bronze Bow, Daniel, the protagonist, lives in the mountain camp of Rosh, who leads a band of men dedicated to overthrowing Roman rule. Daniel's mountain home is rustic, but...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016, 2:07 am (UTC)

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Daniel is a member of Rosh's group of rebels, who live in the mountains of Galilee and oppose the Roman forces in the region. After the Roman Empire crucified Daniel's father, Daniel was sold into...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018, 3:49 pm (UTC)

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Daniel's quest of revenge is his driving force, and the main reason that he allies himself with Rosh. He believes that he is entitled to his revenge because his father and uncle have been killed,...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 6:47 pm (UTC)

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Thacia is Daniel's love interest; she is a young woman around his age, a pupil of Jesus, and a person with profound empathy for those around her. At first, Daniel doesn't understand his feelings,...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 10:33 pm (UTC)

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Rosh is a Zealot, which means that he wants to rid Israel of the Romans and establish once again a Jewish kingdom, as in the days of David and Solomon. He will go to any means to achieve this,...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2008, 3:38 am (UTC)

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Samson, the apparently deaf-mute slave who Rosh steals from a passing caravan, is important to the action and characterization in The Bronze Bow. He plays an important role in the action because...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2016, 3:58 am (UTC)

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Elizabeth George Speare's The Bronze Bow follows the story of a Jewish boy named Daniel bar Jamin living in Galilee, Israel in the time of Jesus. After the tragic death of multiple relatives and...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018, 3:37 am (UTC)

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Throughout The Bronze Bow, Samson and Leah have several similarities. Both individuals are loyal, innocent, and talented. Samson not only obeys Daniel, but also helps and protects him throughout...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2016, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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Daniel initially joined with Rosh because he thought the bandit leader could offer him something that he desired: revenge. Daniel assumed that Rosh was working for the cause of freeing Israel from...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 10:46 pm (UTC)

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Daniel makes three vows during the book: one to himself, one with Joel and Thacia to God, and a repetition of the second vow to Jesus. His first is made at the age of eight, when he witnesses his...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2013, 3:01 am (UTC)

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In the beginning of the novel we meet Daniel. He was a slave for a Blacksmith, and because he was treated so badly he ran away. Daniel was an angry teen when the story begins. He hates the...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2009, 2:39 pm (UTC)

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Simon is an old friend of Daniel's, and one of the blacksmiths from which he learned some of his trade. He brings Daniel back to the village for the first time in years, and although Daniel is...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 10:06 pm (UTC)

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Daniel and his twenty men ambush the Roman soldiers who are transporting Joel. However, since they are not well-trained and fewer in number, the ambush quickly goes wrong. Samson changes the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2013, 11:26 pm (UTC)

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Like Rosh, Simon wants to see Israel liberated from the Roman occupier. Unlike the bandit leader, however, he believes that true liberation will only come from following in the footsteps of Jesus....

Latest answer posted May 5, 2019, 6:11 am (UTC)

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For much of the story Daniel's never quite sure where he stands with Thacia. Sometimes, she can display incredible hostility towards him, as when she tells Daniel to his face to leave Joel alone....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2019, 10:02 am (UTC)

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When Daniel returns to the cave after a prolonged absence, he notices that Samson is not present. Usually, the giant is the first to greet him, as Samson believes he owes his life to Daniel....

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 6:34 pm (UTC)

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In Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Bronze Bow, Daniel and the boys who join his band all consider themselves Zealots. As such, they deplore the oppression of the Jewish people by the Romans,...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2020, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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Rosh is the leader of the band of zealots who live in the mountains of Galilee. Rosh and his rebels plan on one day overthrowing the Roman authorities, which control their homeland. Initially,...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2017, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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Samson is a giant slave rescued by Rosh's raid on a caravan. He is very strong, mute, and might be developmentally disabled. However, he shows intense loyalty to Daniel, not to Rosh, because when...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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First, she acts rather snottily when Daniel seeks her help when he arrives at her home wounded. She is a relatively rich girl, the daughter of a distinguished Pharisean priest. She lives in a...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2007, 4:15 am (UTC)

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Daniel is sold into slavery by his grandmother after his father is crucified. Daniel initially runs away from his hometown of Ketzah in order to escape his life of slavery under Amalek the...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018, 4:18 pm (UTC)

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Daniel has approached Jesus to warn him that he is in danger. His enemies in the synagogue have turned against him, and Daniel is afraid that they'll try to kill Jesus. Jesus thanks him for letting...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2021, 11:22 am (UTC)

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Joel is enamored with Rosh, as Daniel was at the beginning, because he sees the hillside bandit as representation of rebellion against the Romans. He believes that Rosh is fighting for the cause of...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 6:08 pm (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2019, 11:10 am (UTC)

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In Chapter 15, Daniel begins traveling to Capernaum to listen to Jesus speak. Sometimes Daniel does not even understand what Jesus is talking about, but Daniel mentions that there is hope and...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2016, 2:04 am (UTC)

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In The Bronze Bow, Rosh accuses Daniel of having a 'soft streak.' He tells Daniel that this softness is like 'a bad streak in a piece of metal.' Here, Rosh is using the language of the blacksmith:...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2015, 7:31 pm (UTC)

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Earlier in the book, Daniel attends a feast for Jesus and his followers at Simon's house. Daniel is still filled with conflicting emotion, and does not fully understand why people are so drawn to...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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Daniel and Thacia are visiting the town together, Thacia in disguise as her brother Joel so he can operate undercover without being suspected. As they travel, they are confronted with two Roman...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013, 10:58 pm (UTC)

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Joel reads to Daniel and Thacia from the Book of Enoch. Joel is a rabbinical student and has studied the ancient scriptures in depth. When Daniel is wounded and is in hiding in Joel's and...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2009, 1:29 am (UTC)

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Daniel is no longer in the mountains serving with Rosh. He's accepted Simon's offer to stay in his house and tend to his forge while he's away following Jesus. But Daniel's still as passionate as...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018, 7:04 am (UTC)

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When Daniel first goes to their house in Caparnum, Thacia is cool to him, speaking shortly and "turn(ing) on her embroidered sandal and walk(ing) away". Joel is annoyed at his sister's attitude,...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2009, 6:11 am (UTC)

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When the story starts, Daniel is an emotionally-barren young man driven entirely by his hatred of the Romans. His memories of his happy home life are vague, and his devotion is to Rosh, the bandit...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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The text gives no clear and detailed description of the camp of Rosh's rebels. Mention is made of a cave that appears to be the centre of the camp on the mountains and which provides shelter to...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2013, 9:15 am (UTC)

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