He divides his time between Texas and Israel. He's a Noahide guru. He's extremely knowledgeable in Torah, Talmud and Kabbalah sources dealing with Holy Temple issues. He published a book in 1959 predicting the precise outbreak of the Six Day War, and claims to be the only non-Jewish American to take part in the combat.
And he's spent most spent most of his life searching for the Ark of the Covenant. Vendyl Jones also claims his explorations were the inspiration for "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
The man who wrote the first draft of the film, Randolph Fillmore, was one of the volunteers who worked with Jones in 1977.Jone believes he will uncover the ark by Tisha B'Av (Aug. 14).
“I agreed to help him write the movie,” Jones said, “as long as – number one – he wouldn’t set it here (in Israel). Some people believe the ark is in Ethiopia or Egypt, some believe its in Constantinople or Rome. I just didn’t want it to be portrayed as being here. The second thing was, 'Don’t use my name.' So he didn’t. My name is Vendyl – V-E-N-D-Y-L. So he just dropped the first and last letters and it ended up Endy Jones.”
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