What does Daniel dislike about Capernaum synagogue in The Bronze Bow?

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Daniel's a deeply devout Jew, and like any any devout Jew, he regularly goes to synagogue to worship. But the synagogue at Capernaum is different. Because it's been built by the Romans, he won't have anything to do with it. This is an indication of just how much Daniel hates the Romans; he regards them as oppressors and occupiers, people who have no business even being in Israel, let alone building synagogues there.

At this stage in the story, Daniel's heart is still full of vengeance; he wants nothing more than to see the Romans driven by force out of his homeland. And he is determined that he will play his full part in the armed resistance against the Roman occupation. It's only much later on that he will foreswear violence and follow the path of Jesus.

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Here is some context. Daniel is a Jewish boy. He despises the Romans, who have assumed control over the land of Israel (the Jewish homeland).

Daniel believes that the Romans have no business running the affairs of Israel. He even says, ''No one is free...so long as the land is cursed by the Romans.'' When Daniel visits Capernaum, he says that he won't go to the synagogue built by the Romans. Specifically, he states, ''There is blood upon it!''

As a demonstration of how intense his hatred is for the Romans, Daniel also says, ''I hate the Romans. I want their blood. That is what I live for.'' He detests the Romans because the Romans killed his father, which led to his family falling apart. Daniel even goes as far as wondering whether Jesus will use his strength to fight the Romans.

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He considers it Roman, because it was paid for with Roman taxes. It isn't a place of worship for him. It is a symbol of oppression.

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