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Publisher's Summary

After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is fired by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. Consumed by hatred, Daniel leads a dangerous life living with an outlaw band in the hills outside his village, spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge.
In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Time and again Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans. Headstrong and devoid of tenderness, Daniel is also heedless of the love and loyalty of those around him, dragging them down his destructive path toward disaster.
Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal, The Bronze Bow is the story of a boy's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love.
©1961 Elizabeth George Speare (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered." (Booklist)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Kemberly on 03-04-13

A Changed Heart

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character was Facia becuase she was intuitive in how she responded to all characters and was a link that held the different world views and cultures together.

What three words best describe Mary Woods’s performance?

Good reading of the novel but not a lot of change was given to dramatize and represent the changes in characters and the changing heart of Daiel.

If you could take any character from The Bronze Bow out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I would take Leah out to dinner. After Jesus frees her to live life to the full- it would be refreshing to watch the childlike wonder as she encountered experiences outside of her former life.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jan on 02-19-13

60's Newberry Award Winner

Set at the time of Christ, this childrens book was an enjoyable little read, reminding me of "The Big Fisherman" or "The Robe." An orphaned Jewish boy has an intense hatred against the Romans and is involved with zealots hoping to overcome the Romans. He meets Christ and eventually is able to lay the hatred aside. There are some interesting sub-plots and it would be a good read for a child who is Christian. There is an underlying Sunday School feel to it and an overt promotion of Christianity. It touches quite a bit about the Jewish rituals and law, showing them through the Christian view as being for show and not necessary. I don't think Jewish or atheist parents would be thrilled with it for their children to read, but still a nice book for the right audience.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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