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What are the similarities and differences between Daniel and Joel throughout the novel The Bronze Bow?

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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 risk their lives for others and for the Jewish people as a whole.

Their main difference lies in their respective backgrounds: Joel comes from a wealthy family, whereas Daniel grew up dirt-poor. Also, Joel's more cerebral than Daniel, a thinker more than a doer. Nevertheless, that doesn't prevent him from actively getting involved in the armed struggle against the Romans. But his forte is intelligence-gathering rather than hand-to-hand combat. We see this when Joel dresses up as a servant and sells fish in the market place to get as much information...

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