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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 Branch He’ (cf. Isaiah 11.1): Ben Roden and the Theology of Branch Davidianism

‘The Branch He’ (cf. Isaiah 11.1): Ben Roden and the Theology of Branch Davidianism

(p.136) 7 ‘The Branch He’ (cf. Isaiah 11.1): Ben Roden and the Theology of Branch Davidianism
The Branch Davidians of Waco

Kenneth G. C. Newport

Oxford University Press

Ben Roden possessed his own interpretation and belief about the various plans that God had for the world. As a leader, he had the task of assembling the 144,000 followers and preparing them for the coming of God's kingdom. Soon, he was perceived by the majority as the anti-typical King David in literal Israel. In spite of his fame, the author of his obituary asserted that he was a humble man and evidence for this was possibly rooted in the two recordings that exist of his various teachings. When compared to David Koresh and Steven Schneider, Roden was less aggressive. This chapter explores how Roden adopted a strong theological conviction and it examines some of his thoughts regarding God and God's plans for the world.

Keywords:   God, God's plans, determination, Ben Roden, King David, Israel

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