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The Branch Davidians of WacoThe History and Beliefs of an Apocalyptic Sect$
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199245741

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001

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‘Behold the Man whose Name is “The Branch”’ (cf. Zech. 6.12): Ben Roden and the Emergence of Branch Davidianism

‘Behold the Man whose Name is “The Branch”’ (cf. Zech. 6.12): Ben Roden and the Emergence of Branch Davidianism

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(p.115) 6 ‘Behold the Man whose Name is “The Branch”’ (cf. Zech. 6.12): Ben Roden and the Emergence of Branch Davidianism
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The Branch Davidians of Waco
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Kenneth G. C. Newport

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0006

By March 1962, the Davidian Seventh-day Adventists appeared to be facing their downfall and as such, what happened serves as an example of the resilience that can be experienced by religious movements. After their founder's death, the Davidians had to experience the indignity of the knowledge that their various predictions were proven wrong, such as their prediction of the battle of Armageddon. As a result the whole Executive Council resigned from their respective positions. Also, the community moved from the original Mt. Carmel location and the new area that they had bought had to be entrusted to an attorney as it to be sold. However, the community still survived even after experiencing transformation and fragmentation. During this period, Ben Roden believed that he would be able to take on the role of leading God's people to the coming Davidic kingdom and his movement was referred to as ‘the Branch’. This chapter looks into the rise and the significant developments of the Branch Davidians and Roden's corresponding contributions.

Keywords:   Ben Roden, Branch Davidians, The Branch, Mt. Carmel, fragmentation, transformation, Davidic kingdom

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