Summary and Analysis Chapter 12

New Characters
Nathan: son of a Jewish tax collector; the first villager to join Daniel’s movement.

Kemuel: recruited by Joel to join the movement.

Chapter 12 finds Daniel and Joel adding new recruits to the cause. One of them is Nathan, a boy about the same age as Joel and Daniel. Daniel cannot help but notice the boy has suffered a recent beating. Nathan explains that a gang of Jewish boys beat him up because his father has had to become a tax collector for the Romans. Most of the community feels that taking such a job is beneath contempt, but Nathan says that his father had little choice. Their crops had been destroyed, and the family’s only...

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