Elizabeth George Speare won the 1962 Newbery Medal for this magnificent novel of a young man's tormented journey from a blind, confining hatred to an acceptance and understanding of love. After witnessing his father's crucifixion by Roman soldiers, Daniel bar Jamin is motivated by a single passion: to avenge his father's death by driving the Roman legions from the land of Israel. But his heart leads him elsewhere as he is drawn to the teachings of the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth. Disappointed and confused by Jesus' lack of action in opposing the Romans, Daniel reverts to his path of destruction, threatening not only himself, but all those he loves, until a miracle stops him in his tracks. Recommended for grade 9. 1989, Houghton Mifflin Co. 254 pp.
A wonderful read!, July 28, 2010
Reviewer: ~Little Bookworm~
"The Bronze Bow," by Elizabeth G. Speare was truly a wonderful book to read.
The title of the story was enough to make me read it! The title is from Psalm 17:35, "Who teacheth my hands to war: and thou hast made my arms like a bronze bow." (This text is from the Douay Rheims Bible.)
The story is set in the time of Jesus Christ, and told from a young zealot's perspective. The young boy does not know how to love his enemies or trust any one, and Our Lord helps him to learn to love. The book was written in an easy to read style, but conveyed a very powerful message.
Awesome book!, July 29, 2010
This book was really a great book! I enjoyed it and it also gave me some insight what it would be like to be a Jewish teenager, in the time of Jesus Christ.
The protaginist,young Daniel Bar Jamin's, father and uncle were crucified in front of him by the Roman occupiers. So, he immediately hates and distrusts the Romans and vows that he will avenge his father's death. Daniel becomes a zealot, to make matters even more dangerous and exciting!
You will not want to skip reading this book!
I LOVED this book!!!, August 3, 2010
Reviewer: Nebby K. Nezzer
When I first got this book, I thought it would be really boring, like Beorn the Proud- another historical fiction novel. But I was wrong! This book was so interesting, and definitely not boring! I really loved the references to the Holy Bible. This book proved to be quite educational, and was a great read as well. Highly recommended!
Amazing book!, August 6, 2010
Reviewer: mirror of erised
This book certainly deserved the 1962 Newberry Medal! I loved this novel! It gave me some insight into what people lived like in the time of Our Lord.
This book is one the whole family will love reading together!