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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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‘Prophecies shall Fail’ (cf. 1 Corinthians 13.8): Post-1993 Branch Davidianism

‘Prophecies shall Fail’ (cf. 1 Corinthians 13.8): Post-1993 Branch Davidianism

(p.325) 16 ‘Prophecies shall Fail’ (cf. 1 Corinthians 13.8): Post-1993 Branch Davidianism
The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

More than eighty members of the Branch Davidian movement died during the Mt. Carmel fire in the spring of 1993. Not long after the fire, it was evident that the interest of the general public veered away from the incidences at Waco, and some of the surviving Branch Davidian families attempted to file lawsuits through the US courts. One of the most note-worthy reactions to the incident was that exactly two years after the fire, Timothy McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City. Of course, such tragic events are not easily forgotten especially by the loved ones of those caught in the events. This chapter attempts to provide an account of how the Branch Davidian movement attempted to come to terms with the 1993 events through adopting the views from several different dimensions of Branch Davidianism.

Keywords:   Waco, Mt. Carmel fire, Branch Davidianism, Timothy McVeigh, Alfred P. Murrah

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