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The Bronze Bow: Introduction
The Bronze Bow: Plot Summary
The Bronze Bow: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Bronze Bow: Themes
The Bronze Bow: Quotes
The Bronze Bow: Characters
The Bronze Bow: Symbols
The Bronze Bow: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Elizabeth George Speare
Historical Context of The Bronze Bow
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- Full Title: The Bronze Bow
- When Published: 1961
- Literary Period: Modern
- Genre: Children’s Historical Novel
- Setting: Ancient Palestine (Roman-occupied Galilee)
- Climax: Jesus heals Leah.
- Antagonist: The Romans
- Point of View: Third person limited
Extra Credit for The Bronze Bow
Guardians of Meaning. In her Newbery Award acceptance speech, Speare stated that she sees books as not just companions, but “guardians” to help equip children in a perilous world. In her view, the most dangerous thing in the world is the possibility that young adults “may settle for a world without meaning.”
Sunday School Curriculum. Speare served as a Sunday School teacher in her church, and The Bronze Bow came about because of her desire to give her students a more colorful sense of life in ancient Palestine, and to present Jesus as not just a mythic figure, but a compelling and heroic leader.