The Branch Davidians of Waco: The History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect

Hardcover | April 13, 2006

byKenneth G. C. Newport

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What were the beliefs of the Branch Davidians? This is the first full scholarly account of their history. Kenneth G. C. Newport argues that, far from being an act of unfathomable religious insanity, the calamitous fire at Waco in 1993 was the culmination of a long theological and historicaltradition that goes back many decades. The Branch Davidians under David Koresh were an eschatologically confident community that had long expected that the American government, whom they identified as the Lamb-like Beast of the book of Revelation, would one day arrive to seek to destroy God'sremnant people. The end result, the fire, must be seen in this context.

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What were the beliefs of the Branch Davidians? This is the first full scholarly account of their history. Kenneth G. C. Newport argues that, far from being an act of unfathomable religious insanity, the calamitous fire at Waco in 1993 was the culmination of a long theological and historicaltradition that goes back many decades. The Bra...

Kenneth G. C. Newport is Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Christian Thought, Liverpool Hope University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.04 inPublished:April 13, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199245746

ISBN - 13:9780199245741

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Table of Contents

1. `A mad man in Waco': David Koresh in Popular Perspective2. `A sure word of prophecy': The Bible, Prophecy Belief and the Seventh-Day Adventist Church3. `Hear ye the Rod': Victor T. Houteff, the Shepherd's Rod and the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists4. `Thy Kingdom Come': The Theology of Victor Houteff and the Davidian Seventh-Day Adventists5. `But the end is not yet': Florence Houteff and the End of the World6. `Behold the man whose name is The Branch': Ben Roden and the Emergence of Branch Davidianism7. `The Branch he': Ben Roden and the Theology of Branch Davidianism8. `The Branch she': Lois Roden, Shekinah and the struggle for leadership9. `A pale rider': Vernon Howell and the Branch Davidians 1959-198510. `And death shall follow in his wake': Vernon Howell, David Koresh, and the Branch Davidians 1986-199311. `The seventh angel': David Koresh and the Mystery of God12. `A lamb-like beast': The Branch Davidians and the ATF13. `A call for the endurance of the saints': Mt. Carmel 28 February-19 April 199314. `An ultimate act of faith'? The Cause of the Waco Fire15. `For behold the Lord will come with fire': Theology and the Waco Inferno16. `Prophecies shall fail': Post-1993 Branch DavidianismConcluding Observations

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"An extended, well-documented, analytical treatment." --Nova Religio