In The Bronze Bow, who does Simon take Daniel to the synagogue to see?

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Simon is an old friend of Daniel's, and one of the blacksmiths from which he learned some of his trade. He brings Daniel back to the village for the first time in years, and although Daniel is uncomfortable there, he agrees to accompany Simon to the synagogue.

"There's a man I'd like you to see," Simon told him. "They say he will visit our synagogue this morning."

Daniel glanced up. Beneath the words there was a hint he could not miss. "What sort of man?"

"I'm not sure," said Simon. "He comes from Nazareth."
(Speare, The Bronze Bow, Google Books)

This, of course, is Jesus, who becomes a central figure in the book. Daniel is initially confused, and then enamored with what he sees as natural leadership and sharing of some of his own ideals. However, he is initially disappointed with the apparent pacifistic ideals that Jesus teaches. This becomes an important theme of the novel, peace and compassion versus the anger and hatred that has driven Daniel for so long. In the end, Jesus succeeds in getting through to Daniel and changes his mind and his heart. Before that, though, Daniel is frustrated that Jesus seems to be doing nothing to help combat the Romans, and his first meeting is indicative of this frustration.

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