Unfortunately, this holds true of the otherwise intriguing book by Richard A. Horsley, Jesus and the Spiral of Violence, Popular Jewish Resistance in Roman Palestine (San. Francisco: Harper & Row, 1987); see, e.g., his forced interpretation of the pericope on paying the coin of tribute to Caesar (Mark 12:13–17) on pp. 306–317. More satisfying is the book he coauthored with John S. Hanson, Bandits, Prophets, and Messiahs: Popular Movements at the Time of Jesus (Minneapolis, MN: Winston, 1985).