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Vendyl Jones, Discoverer of Perfumes Used in Temple of Solomon, Dies at 80

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Vendyl Jones, who did archaeological work in Israel for nearly 50 years, passed away early this morning in Texas from throat cancer.

The story first broke on Facebook several hours ago, reported by Yocheved Golani, an Israeli writer. It was eventually picked by Arutz Sheva in a fuller report.

Vendyl Jones began his career as a Baptist preacher in the 1950s. Questioning the faith he was supposed to preach, he led his parishioners away from it, something the Baptists have never forgiven him for.

In the 1960s, he took his family to Israel with the goal of finding archaeological proof of his claims, including the lost Ark with the broken stones Moses had brought down with him from Horev, commonly known as “The Lost Ark of the Covenant.” He never did find the lost Ark, but he did succeed in finding a treasure trove of ancient perfumes used in the Temple of Solomon.

As his family grew up, he began developing concepts and ideas, many of which were taken up by other Christians also questioning their faith. These ideas centered around living by the Seven Laws of Noah, based on the covenant that G-d made with Noah after the waters from the Great Flood subsided.[Genesis 9:1-17]. The people who followed these concepts became known as Noahides. While Vendyl Jones did not “lead” the Noahide Movement, he was very influential in it and in its spread.

In later years, Jones returned to seeking out Temple treasures and the Temple itself, believing that he would find the lost Ark on Tish’a b’Av 5765, in August 2005 – but it was not to be. He is survived by his children and grandchildren and by the Vendyl Jones Research Institutes, which hopefully will carry on his work.


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About Ruvy

Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • Hey, Ruvy, it seems interesting that this guy named “Jones” was looking for the Lost Ark and other treasures. Do you know if Indiana Jones was based in any way on his work?

  • Ruvy

    That’s a story I heard, Victor. As I heard the story, a fellow was very fascinated by the late Vendyl Jones’ work and wanted to make a movie of it. According to what I heard, Vendyl asked them not to use his precise name, not locate the story in Israel. So the writer dropped the first letter and last letter from Vendyl’s name, came up with “Endy”, changed it to “Indiana” and moved the tale from Israel to Africa, and the time frame to WWII. But I can’t confirm any of this as fact. Which is why it never made it into the article.

  • Oh well, it’s a great story either way. Thanks for sharing it.

  • Ruvy

    Thanks, Victor.

    Now that I think of it, “perfume” is not quite the appropriate term for what Vendyl Jones discovered. “Scent” is. In addition, “perfume” implies a suspension, and what was discovered were powders.

  • Ruvy

    For what little it is worth, this article is the top feature at Google when you type in vendyl jones. Noted as of 20:28 Israel Winter Time, 27 December 2010.

  • Indeed! I tried it and your article is numero uno. Cool!

  • Ruvy

    For those reading this and sharing on Facebook and elsewhere, a worthwhile read.

  • Eva Baker

    I knew Vendyl Jones for 30 years pretty well. He took me and my 4 kids in off the street, fed us and made sure we had a new start. It is true that the movie was made after his work. Endy in the movie was true to life Vendyl. God rest his soul!!