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Rosh is the leader of the band of zealots who live in the mountains of Galilee. Rosh and his rebels plan on one day overthrowing the Roman authorities, which control their homeland. Initially, Daniel reveres Rosh for saving his life and courageously opposing the Roman forces. In Daniel's eyes, Rosh is the potential savior of Israel who will rid their land of Romans by leading a violent insurrection. Despite the support Rosh receives from his band of zealots, the Jewish townspeople view him as a nuisance. Rosh often steals from farmers to support his troops and makes his living by robbing traveling merchants. As the novel progresses, Rosh reveals his selfish personality by putting Joel in danger and refusing to rescue him. Daniel learns that Rosh is simply a self-serving rebel, who manipulates his men through violence and fear. Rosh's violent approach to toppling the Roman government is in stark contrast to Jesus's patient, faithful approach to the Roman occupation. 

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Rosh is the leader of a group of bandits who live on a mountain. Daniel lives with Rosh at the beginning of The Bronze Bow. When Daniel ran away from his master, Amalek, to the mountain, Rosh found him and took him in, so Daniel looks on Rosh as a mentor and "a good man." Joel has heard of Rosh and says that some people believe Rosh is merely a bandit "who robs even his fellow Jews," and that others believe he takes money from the rich to give to the poor. Daniel asserts that Rosh is "raising an army to fight against Rome" and that he is the "bravest man in the world." As the story progresses, Daniel begins to see Rosh for who he is--a selfish man who has no real principles. When Rosh refuses to help free Joel from the Romans, Daniel decides he is no longer one of Rosh's men. He realizes that Rosh is not the savior he once believed him to be, and thereafter he  considers the possibility that Jesus is a better leader than Rosh. In literary terms, Rosh is a "foil" to Jesus. He is a character who contrasts starkly with Jesus, thereby helping us better understand Jesus' character. Jesus is everything Rosh is not--kind, caring, loving, and one who can truly deliver his people--although not in the way that Daniel originally thought.

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