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  12/27/2010, Tevet 20, 5771

Dr. Vendyl Jones, Biblical Archaeologist, 80


Dr. Vendyl Jones, an American Noahide scholar who has directed archaeological searches for Biblical artifacts such as the Ark of the Covenant, passed away in the early morning hours of December 27 after a fight with throat cancer.  He was 80 years old.

Over the course of decades of archaeological research and excavation, Jones discovered a cache of Holy Anointing Oil used in the Temple in Jerusalem, as well as 900 pounds of ketoret, the special mystical mix of spices used in Temple service.

Jones was also said to be the inspiration behind the "Indiana Jones" films starring Harrison Ford, though this is a matter of dispute.

One of the greatest testaments to his biblical commitment was his effort to revive the Noahide faith, a belief system for non-Jews based on the commandments given to mankind through Noah following the epic flood.  His work spurred the development of the modern Noahide movement, replete with adherents and organizations, and reawakened discussions of this ancient faith, which is fully linked and compatible with Jewish beliefs and practices.

Jones is survived by children and grandchildren. Among his children are converts to Judaism who currently live in Israel. His funeral will take place in Grandview, Texas.