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‘And Death Shall Follow in His Wake’ (cf. Revelation 6.8): Vernon Howell, David Koresh, and the Branch Davidians, 1986–1993

Kenneth G. C. Newport

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

David Koresh was wise enough to recognize how important it was not to underestimate George Roden. Instead of pursuing a formal leadership question on this issue, Koresh spent two years in intensive ... More


‘The Seventh Angel’: David Koresh and the Mystery of God

Kenneth G. C. Newport

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

When David Koresh was thirty-three years old, he managed to assume the position of the leader of the Branch Davidians. This prophetic status was embraced by many. He also acquired control of the Mt. ... More


‘A Mad Man in Waco’: David Koresh in Popular Perspective

Kenneth G. C. Newport

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

‘Mt. Carmel’, was a set of buildings that served as the headquarters of the Branch Davidian movement. It was located about twelve miles away from Waco, Texas. On 19 April 1993, however, it was found ... More


‘A Pale Rider’ (cf. Revelation 6.8): Vernon Howell and the Branch Davidians, 1959–1985

Kenneth G. C. Newport

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Like other religious groups before it, the Branch Davidians depended on an imaginative reading of various prophetic parts of biblical texts, and this gave them a purpose and an urgency, and even an ... More


The Branch Davidians and Waco: The Culmination of Religious Intolerance

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

in Religious Intolerance in America: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833896
eISBN:
9781469604091
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807895955_corrigan.12
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter focuses on one of the challenges faced when one attempts to study Waco. Despite its recent occurrence, evidence is missing, the interpretation of existing evidence is disputed, and ... More


Explaining Militarization at Waco: The Construction and Convergence of the Warfare Narrative

Stuart A. Wright

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay examines how the Branch Davidians — a small religious group following a peaceful lifestyle in rural Texas — came to be perceived as a dangerous community that required an aggressive and ... More


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

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

What were the beliefs of the Branch Davidians? This book provides an account of their history. The book argues that, far from being an act of unfathomable religious insanity, the calamitous fire at ... More


The Branch Davidians and Waco

John Corrigan and Lynn S. Neal

in Religious Intolerance in America, Second Edition: A Documentary History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655628
eISBN:
9781469655642
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655628.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

The chapter examines the how and why of the events that led to a fifty-one day siege and ended with the deaths of over seventy Branch Davidians in April 1993. The primary sources demonstrate how the ... More


Concluding Observations

Kenneth G. C. Newport

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

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199245741
eISBN:
9780191697494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199245741.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

It is important to note that the combined membership of the various factions of the movement never amounted to more than 1,000 in total. Also, the Davidian and the Branch Davidian traditions existed ... More


Hybrid Messiahs

Thomas O Beebee

in Millennial Literatures of the Americas, 1492-2002

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780195339383
eISBN:
9780199867097
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195339383.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

New World populations call into question all definitions of identity that rest on clear oppositions between those recognizably like and those unlike a predefined European self. Though the New World ... More


Texas Redux: A Comparative Analysis of the FLDS and Branch Davidian Raids

Stuart A. Wright and Jennifer Lara Fagen

in Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814795286
eISBN:
9780814795309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814795286.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter compares the 2008 Texas state raid on the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints (FLDS) at the Yearning for Zion Ranch with the federal raid on the Branch Davidians ... More


Collective Martyrdom and Religious Suicide: The Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate

Catherine Wessinger

in Martyrdom, Self-Sacrifice, and Self-Immolation: Religious Perspectives on Suicide

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190656485
eISBN:
9780190656522
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190656485.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate, two religious groups marked by apocalyptic worldviews, are compared to elucidate two types of trajectories of apocalyptic groups involved in violence. The ... More


Preparing for Doomsday

Matthew Avery Sutton

in Faith in the New Millennium: The Future of Religion and American Politics

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199372690
eISBN:
9780199372737
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199372690.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Millions of Americans believe that the apocalypse is nigh. To examine the influence of apocalypticism on the recent American past, this chapter analyzes the beliefs and convictions of three very ... More


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