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Although it takes several chapters for the author to reveal Daniel's backstory, eventually readers learn that Daniel fled to the mountain and joined Rosh's band when he ran away from his master,...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2016 6:24 pm UTC

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This episode is important because it hints at the first signs of Daniel's eventual disillusionment with Rosh and his methods. Daniel joined up to fight with Rosh's band of zealots, because he...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2018 6:42 am UTC

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In Chapter 11 of The Bronze Bow, Daniel's grandmother is buried, and Simon, the town's blacksmith, is the only one who comes to the "funeral feast." Simon, who has left his job as a blacksmith to...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 1:24 am UTC

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In Chapter 17, Rosh and his men wage a sort of guerrila war against the Romans; the attacks against the occupying army are small and furtive. Joel, who is posing as a fish peddler, serves as a...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2009 11:03 am UTC

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At the end of the novel, Jesus heals Leah and Daniel turns around to see Thacia's face. Daniel looks at Thacia and sees a "gift" in her eyes. Daniel knew that he was not worthy of Thacia's gift,...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

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Joel is going to get the names of rich people who will be going to a feast; while they are out, Rosh will rob their houses, furthering his cause. However, despite a good plan to sell fish to the...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2013 9:44 pm UTC

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Daniel hates the Romans because they conquered Israel. In occupying the country, their arrogance toward the Jews causes the Jews to be discontented. Daniel's uncle is arrested by the Romans while...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2010 1:42 am UTC

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In Chapter Eight, after Daniel returns from Joel's house to Rosh, it is clear that what Daniel dreams about most is being able to raise a group of men who would be part of Rosh's army, that he...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2013 6:08 am UTC

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In Chapter 7, Daniel is unsure whether Thacia is for or against him. She helps him when he is wounded and brings him food, but she also pleads with him not to lure her brother Joel away from his...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2008 2:34 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, Daniel tries to resist his growing love for Thacia. She is beautiful and kind and intelligent. She is also brave and caring and spirited. She even...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2021 6:23 pm UTC

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It's fair to say that Daniel's far from happy with his current domestic arrangements. To tell the truth, his home life's pretty miserable. His sister Leah is still scared of her own shadow—Daniel...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2020 11:43 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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1) Let us start with one of the most significant actions of Jesus as described in Chapter 15. His healing of the daughter of Jairus clearly shows his mastery over death and is a symbol of the new...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2011 2:11 am UTC

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Daniel is living in the caves at the beginning of The Bronze Bow because he has fled the master to whom he had been sold into indentured service. Amalek had been a hard master, often flogging...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2019 4:39 am UTC

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Simon sends a message that Daniel's grandmother is dying. Daniel goes to her and finds that no one has seen either his grandmother or his sister in ten days and the door is locked. The neighbors...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 12:49 am UTC

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In Chapter 7, Daniel is injured by a Roman soldier and seeks solace in Joel's home. While Joel and Thacia care for Daniel, Joel begins reading stories about the courageous actions of Joshua,...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2016 9:38 pm UTC

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Daniel speaking Psalm 23 out loud is what makes Leah feel safe enough to leave the corner. Leah doesn't let Daniel in when he comes to visit their sick Grandmother. When he forces his way into the...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2019 4:51 pm UTC

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During the period in which The Bronze Bow is set, Romans and Jews are not coexisting peacefully and it seems impossible that they would achieve peace together in the near future. Elizabeth George...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2020 4:34 am UTC

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It is clear in Chapter One of this novel that Daniel is quite divided within himself about his village. One the one hand, he says when he is forced to investigate the appearance of Joel and...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2013 6:53 am UTC

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Malthace, or Thacia, becomes a very good friend to Leah. She's one of the very few people to get close to Daniel's younger sister, in either the physical or the emotional sense. To the outside...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 5:23 pm UTC

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Joel comes from a privileged background. Daniel notices that he walks with a "free, swinging ease," and, remembers that as the "scribe's son," Joel was "the one the rabbi...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2007 11:35 pm UTC

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Daniel begins the story full of hatred for the Romans for what they did to his family, and has resolved to satisfy that hatred through revenge. Impressionable and lacking a father, he turns to Josh...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2008 7:58 pm UTC

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Even after Daniel first encounters Joel and Malthace on the mountain at the beginning of Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Bronze Bow, he still believes that he has found his place. He has been...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2020 5:26 pm UTC

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Rosh is depicted by Speare as both a strong Jewish rebel leader and a self-interested egoist with little empathy. Speare gives two impressions of Rosh to emphasize, first, why young people like...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2020 12:28 pm UTC

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This whole episode is important as it illustrates Rosh's true character. He's supposed to be a champion of his people, engaged in an heroic campaign to drive the hated Roman oppressor out of...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 9:53 am UTC

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It's chapter 11 of The Bronze Bow and Daniel's grandfather has passed away. His friend Simon approaches him and asks him to run his shop while he's away following Jesus. Simon's generous offer...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 7:06 am UTC

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In Chapter 2, Rosh gives the order to rob a caravan heading through the valley trade route in the mountains. Rosh wants his band to capture a giant slave because he says that the slave is too...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

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Samson was given his name by Rosh's men because of his great strength. The allusion is to Samson, a character who appears in the Old Testament of the Bible, who was known for his great physical...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2008 1:20 pm UTC

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Samson is rescued from the slave traders and released from his bonds upon the orders of Rosh, but it is Daniel who has direct contact with the slave. After the tradesmen flee in terror before the...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2008 4:12 am UTC

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Thacia and Daniel have differing views in regards to how each of them sees the world, in particular, how God plans to restore His kingdom on earth and how Jews should treat the Romans. Daniel...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 5:05 pm UTC

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In Chapter 8, Daniel returns to the mountain after suffering a serious injury inflicted by a Roman soldier. Samson is patiently waiting for Daniel when he spots him struggling to climb a steep...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2016 4:49 pm UTC

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In The Bronze Bow, Amalek is a blacksmith to whom Daniel is bound as an apprentice. He was a cruel man and treated Daniel harshly, but Daniel's grandmother knew that her grandson needed to learn a...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2021 2:48 pm UTC

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Samson, who is strong like his Biblical namesake, is a gentle soul. He is filled with gratitude and love, principles that guide his life. Unlike Rosh, Samson cares about others more than himself...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2020 12:47 pm UTC

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In chapter nine of the book, Daniel is forced to question his role in Rosh’s gang of rebels and whether Rosh really is the leader he is looking for. This happens after he comes back from an...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2018 1:26 pm UTC

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Hello! In The Bronze Bow, Daniel finally arrives at Joel's house. Joel's sister, Malthace, answers the door, but visibly shrinks from Daniel. He is embarrassed and angry to be treated this way, but...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2015 6:38 pm UTC

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Chapters 17-18 form a turning point in Daniel's opinions of his revenge mission and his idealizing of Rosh. In Chapter 16, he shared a trip and a moment of love with Thacia, and during the time...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2013 9:17 pm UTC

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At the beginning of The Bronze Bow, Daniel is very loyal toward Rosh and treats him as his hero. When he tells Joel about Rosh, he says he is a good man and the bravest man in the world. Daniel...

Latest answer posted March 13, 2016 4:56 am UTC

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Daniel was ashamed that he ran away from the village, breaking his apprenticeship vow to the abusive iron smith to whom he was apprenticed. In doing so, he abandoned an elderly grandmother and a...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2010 12:06 am UTC

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Elizabeth George Speare, author of The Bronze Bow, creates suspense for readers by not answering all their questions about Daniel at the beginning. During the first two chapters, Daniel meets Joel...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2016 3:43 am UTC

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In addition to gbeatty's excellent answer, I would add an additional reason for the presence of the Romans: the contrast to their rule and that of Jesus. It is Jesus who de-emphasizes the rule of...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2007 4:01 am UTC

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Simon, an old friend of Daniel, takes Daniel to the synagogue one day. He tells Daniel that there's a man he'd like him to see, a man from Nazareth. That man, of course, is none other than Jesus....

Latest answer posted March 21, 2018 12:21 pm UTC

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Daniel's overarching plan is to free his people from Roman captivity. However, in Chapter 18, Malthace tells Daniel that Joel was taken captive by the Romans. Malthace explains to Daniel that they...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 3:32 pm UTC

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Daniel feels incredibly lonely and distant whenever he returns to the mountain from his exciting, illuminating experience in the village. After spending five years on the mountain with Rosh and his...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 10:56 am UTC

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Daniel has devoted his young life to getting revenge on the Romans who killed his father and uncle. He lives in the hills with Rosh, a bandit leader, but Daniel is still young and somewhat naive....

Latest answer posted February 20, 2013 10:20 pm UTC

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Hello! In The Bronze Bow, Chapter 22 begins with excitement: it is the fifteenth day of Tishri, the Day of Atonement, and among other festivities, there will be young girls dancing in the vineyard....

Latest answer posted May 21, 2015 7:32 pm UTC

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When Daniel first meets Joel and Thacia on the mountains overlooking Ketzah, they discuss the occupation of Israel by the Romans. Daniel tells the twins that he “curse[s] the air they breathe” (p....

Latest answer posted May 19, 2020 8:32 am UTC

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In Elizabeth Speares novel for young adult readers 'The Bronze Bow' her main character Daniel is given a helper called Samson but Daniel is conflicted about his feelings about the helper and often...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 3:51 pm UTC

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Daniel and his band dismantle the Roman catapult, board by board, so that the Romans would not be able to employ it against Rosh, and Rosh could use the reuse the material for supplies. The Romans...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2009 11:19 am UTC

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Daniel returns to the mountain after spending nearly a week at Joel's house recovering from an injury inflicted by a Roman soldier. In Chapter 8, Daniel is welcomed back as a hero by Rosh's men...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016 7:55 pm UTC

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Thacia is a nickname of Malthace bar Hezron, a character in The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. She is the twin sister of Joel. Thacia seems conflicted in several ways. She is a follower of...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2019 4:57 am UTC

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