The Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow

Book - 1989
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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 joins the brutal raids of an outlaw band living in the hills outside his village. Though his grandmother's death slows his plans by forcing him to move home to care for his sister, he continues his dangerous life by leading a group of boy guerrillas in spying and plotting, impatiently waiting to take revenge. In nearby Capernaum, a rabbi is teaching a different lesson. Daniel is drawn to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth, only to turn away, disappointed and confused by Jesus's lack of action in opposing the Romans. The Bronze Bow won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of Daniel's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to his acceptance and understanding of love.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1989.
ISBN: 9780395137192
0395137195
Call Number: SPEARE
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 21 cm
Subjects: Jesus Christ -- Juvenile fiction.
Historical fiction, Juvenile.
Palestine -- Juvenile fiction.
Palestine -- History -- To 70 A.D. -- Juvenile fiction.
Revenge -- Juvenile fiction.
Jewish teenagers -- Juvenile fiction.
Jews -- Juvenile fiction.
Newbery Medal.

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lia_clark
May 01, 2016

This is a beautiful story, full of vivid characters, suspenseful plots, and realistic historical events. Daniel bar Jamin, a Jew living in the time of Christ, vows revenge when his father is killed by the Romans. He lives with a group of bandits, cares for his demon-possessed sister, and leads a band of boys sworn to fight, always ready for the long-awaited Savior to come destroy the Romans. He cannot accept that maybe hatred and destruction are not the answer. Daniel must learn how to love instead of hate. Even to love the Romans.

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safetyadoption9
Mar 29, 2016

This is a great book for anyone to read. It is a gripping story and fascinating to listen to. Plus, how the story intervene with the story's and people of Jesus' life is truly what make this book interesting. This book deals with what people thought about Jesus at that time and the author has implied these truths into the story very well.

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blue_horse_3253
Feb 22, 2016

This book is a must read for kids and adults alike. it is now my favorite fictional book I have ever read in my life! the story is amazing and beautifully written. the characters are vividly real and remarkable! it seems like you are really there with the people in the story! I had never read a fictional book during the time of Jesus, but now that I have read this book, I would rate it 5 stars. the only part I didn't like is the end, because it just makes you hungry for MORE! books this great need a sequel. too bad there isn't a sequel for The Bronze Bow. :(

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mirimercado
Apr 29, 2014

A life-changing look at Jesus through the cultural context of his day. Childrens lit, but a must-read for adults! I loved this and have recommended it to many others.

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baker9
Jul 19, 2013

A classic! As a Christian and enthusiast of world religions, I loved seeing Christ through the eyes of the Jewish people of his time, especially the youth. An excellent read!

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EstherSchoen
Jun 07, 2013

[he trains my arms for war, so I can bend a bow of bronze]

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irontiga
Oct 03, 2011

WOW!!! This is a good book

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Annie1318
Jul 05, 2011

Highly recommended, this book looks to be another boring, historical story abot Jesus. In reality, it is almost like Ben Hur in the way the brief conversations with Jesus Himself make the Gospels come alive. Even if you don't like h.f., you'll love this!

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lia_clark
Mar 22, 2015

lia_clark thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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Nov 26, 2012

shelbyc15 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 9

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lia_clark
May 01, 2016

"God is my strong refuge, and has made my way safe.
He made my feet like hinds' feet, and set me secure on the heights.
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze."

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blue_horse_3253
Feb 22, 2016

"He trains my arms for war, so I can bend a bow of bronze"

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