What is the main idea of Chapter 2 in Elizabeth Speare's "The Bronze Bow"?

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Chapter 2 centers around two central ideas - the development of the characters of Joel and of Rosh.

Joel is a young man who is unafraid to stand up for what he believes in.  Committed to finding out about the legendary group fighting the Romans, he is unintimidated when Daniel orders him to leave the mountain because of the upcoming raid staged by Rosh, and because of his determination he earns Daniel's friendship and respect.  Joel shows the same steadfastness and strength of character when he meets Rosh, refusing to cringe under his imperiousness.

Rosh, the leader of the renegade band whose purpose it is to free the Israelites from Roman rule, is first introduced in this chapter as well.  Rosh is a strong leader, who exudes power and authority, and men obey and fear him even as they flock to follow him.  Rosh asks of his men only one thing - "they must hate the Romans, and be willing to go on fighting till the last cursed one of them is driven from the land and Israel is free" (Chapter 2).