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

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

(p.213) 11 ‘The Seventh Angel’: David Koresh and the Mystery of God
The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

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. Carmel property as he had been able to save the property from receivers by paying very large amounts in back taxes. Also, he found himself in possession of various musical instruments, trucks, cars, and guns. Koresh's fortunes were said to have been rooted in his theology since he possessed an incomparable knowledge of the Bible and he had the ability to patch passages together to create doctrine. Since the Brach Davidians relied heavily on Koresh's theology, the status given to him depended on his ability to provide knowledge and theology. This chapter looks into the origins and key points of the non-static theology.

Keywords:   David Koresh, Branch Davidians, theology, knowledge of the Bible, passages

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