Who are all the other Zealots in The Bronze Bow with Daniel and Rosh?

The other Zealots in The Bronze Bow with Daniel and Rosh are Ebol, Joktan, the band of outlaws on the mountain, Simon the blacksmith in Ketzah, and the group of young men who join Daniel in Ketzah, including Joel, Nathan, and Kemuel.

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In the days of Jesus, a Zealot was a Jew who longed to throw off the Roman rule of Israel and reestablish Jewish sovereignty. A Zealot wanted the Jews to be able to rule themselves, and he was willing to fight the Romans to make that happen.

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In the days of Jesus, a Zealot was a Jew who longed to throw off the Roman rule of Israel and reestablish Jewish sovereignty. A Zealot wanted the Jews to be able to rule themselves, and he was willing to fight the Romans to make that happen.

In Elizabeth George Speare's novel The Bronze Bow, the main character, Daniel, is a confirmed Zealot, for the Romans had killed his father and he is bent on revenge. As a young teen, Daniel enters an outlaw community led by the bandit Rosh, who is also (supposedly) a Zealot. Rosh and the other outlaws, including the sentry Ebol and the twelve-year-old Joktan, spend most of their time stealing from local farmers and shepherds and raiding caravans, and while they speak of freeing the Jews from Roman oppression, they actually do very little about it and are really more of a nuisance and sometimes a danger to their fellow Jews than to their supposed Roman enemies. They are Zealots in name only.

However, there is one committed Zealot in Daniel's village of Ketzah: the blacksmith Simon. Simon is committed to working to end Roman oppression, but he wishes to do so without violence. After he meets Jesus, he discovers a whole new way to bring in the kingdom of God, and he becomes one of Jesus's closest disciples.

Daniel, however, cannot understand Simon or Jesus, and he remains devoted to his ideas of vengeance and violence. He is joined by a group of young men who share similar beliefs and also take on the role of Zealot. First, there is Joel, a scholar who dreams of becoming a rabbi. Joel's twin sister, Malthace, does not call herself a Zealot but also desires victory for God in the face of Roman rule (although she thinks differently from Daniel and Joel about the ways and means of doing this).

While working as a blacksmith in Ketzah, Daniel meets Nathan, a young man whose father becomes a tax collector to support his family. Nathan's friends abuse him for his father's action, and Nathan joins Daniel in his desire for revenge against the Romans. Joel brings Kemuel, a fiery (and wealthy) young man from Capernaum, into the group. Several other young men also join Daniel's group of Zealots, and they meet first at Daniel's blacksmith shop and later at a nearby watchtower. However, these young men soon learn that being a Zealot is not an easy road.

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