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Branch Davidians

Branch Davidians Late 20th-century religious cult. A breakaway branch of the Seventh-day Adventists, the cult had its headquarters in Waco, near Texas, and was led by the American David Koresh, who claimed to be the reincarnated Jesus Christ. Members collected weapons in the belief that they would need to defend themselves against non-believers when the end of the world came. On February 28, 1993, following the shooting of federal officers, the cult was besieged by FBI agents. On April 19, a fire suddenly broke out and the corpses of more than 80 cult members, including Koresh, were found.

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Branch Davidians

Branch Davidians. Cult derived from Seventh Day Adventists, whose centre, at Waco in Texas, was destroyed after an FBI siege intended to arrest its leader, David Koresh. The name of the cult goes back to the promises of Isaiah 11. 1, ‘A branch will spring from the stock of Jesse [the father of David], a new shoot will grow from his roots: on him will rest the spirit of the Lord, the spirit of wisdom and insight …’.

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