Dr. Vendyl Jones past away Monday morning in Texas.
Vendyl Jones was a Ben Noach, one who scrupulously follows the seven laws of Noah. A man of deep faith, he was steeped in the study of the Torah and Talmud. The breath and depth of his knowledge was vouched for by a number of rabbinical scholars.
"In that day, I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: that they may possess the remnant of mankind. Thus says HaShem, upon them, the gentiles that are called by my name, that do this!" Amos 9:11-12
On the basis of this pasuk (passage) Dr. Jones spent a significant part of his life searching for the holy treasures of the First Temple. And, he found some, including anointing oil and incense from the Holy Temple!
He spent the last decades of his life zeroing in on the location of the lost vessels of the Beis HaMikdash. Literally on a hunt for the Ark of the Covenant, the Golden Menorah and Golden Altar, and so forth.
[This paragraph excerpted from End of Days.] At the end of his long life he wanted to drill a bore hole into the Cave of the Column in Qumran to see if the treasures of Betzalel were hidden there, believing he’d finally found the location of the Menorah, the Golden Table, and the Ark of the Covenant. All of these things were hidden during the reign of Josaiah (Yoshiyahu), the great king of Yehudah, in the waning days of the First Temple period.
Yet he ran into political resistance, for Qumran is in what was or is to become Palestine. He was denied permits, blocked from renting equipment, blocked from moving funds, and soldiers were posted at the site having declared it “a closed military zone”, all preventing his research and investigation but not stopping him from keeping on trying.
While he was a firm believer in Judaism and a number of his children converted, he intentionally chose not to convert, to be able to approach and bring out the Temple vessels if he found them (as according to Jewish law only purified kohanim among the Jews could do so safely – and we don’t currently have the proper components for the purification).
Someone else will have to carry on this mission when the proper time comes. For now, Baruch Dayan Emeth for the soul of this great man. May his neshama merit the highest levels for those who dedicated their lives to Hashem, the Torah, Israel, and the Jewish people and the righteous among the nations.
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He is survived by five children, two of whom converted to Judaism and live in Israel.
(Photograph – Dr. Jones fundraising for his investigations in Livingston, New Jersey, around 2003 or so.)