What is the historical background of The Bronze Bow?

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The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994) is a children's book that won the 1962 Newbery Medal for excellence in children's literature. It is set in ancient Judea during the initial rise of Christianity, and in many ways is more a work of propaganda, advocating Christianity, disparaging Judaism, and misrepresenting the Roman Empire, than a work of history. While the story is poignant and entertaining, the combination of historical accuracy and anti-Semitism make it a somewhat questionable choice for school libraries or assigned reading.

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