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(word processor parameters LM=8, RM=75, TM=2, BM=2) Taken from KeelyNet BBS (214) 324-3501 Sponsored by Vangard Sciences PO BOX 1031 Mesquite, TX 75150 November 5, 1990 INDY1.ASC couteously supplied to KeelyNet by the IJCR BBS at 817-346-1038 -------------------------------------------------------------------- The story of Vendyl Jones Vendyl M. Jones, a native of Sudan, Texas, has been excavating the Caves of Qumran beside the Dead Sea for over twenty years. Vendyl and his Jewish wife, Zahava, live in Qiryat Bialiq, Israel and have their U.S. Office in Arlington, Texas. He holds both American and Israeli citizenship although he is a Christian and holds degrees in Divinity and Theology. In 1977 Randolph Filmore, a free lance journalist volunteered to work at Jones' Qumran Excavation. He wrote a script about Jones and the excavation "In Search For The Ashes of The Red Heifer." The script came out in the form of the movie "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" with another "Indiana Jones." "That is a great movie," says Vendyl. "The main difference is that the show was really a drag as compared to our excavation. More than anything else, that was `fiction' while our excavation is fact." In April, 1967, Vendyl moved his late wife, Lois, and five children to Israel so he could enroll in Hebrew University Department of Jewish Studies. His studies were interrupted in June '67 by the Six Day War. June 16, 1967 issue of TIME magazine featured Jones "as the only American to fight with the Israeli Army." Though color blind, he volunteered as a forward observer and in a matter of minutes on the front lines he spotted four Jordanian anti- personnel bunkers and sixty-six anti-tank bunkers that the Israeli Army had not seen. "I had a ring-side seat for half the duration of the war --- three days." He also served in the 1982 conflict in Lebanon. He remains active in high tech Israel defense projects, but refuses to discuss their particulars. The Israeli Government commissioned Jones to do a texts information for the Israel tour guide course at Hebrew University. The project was extended to his being appointed as Southwest Director of the Government Tourist Office to develop college consortium programs between the Americans and Israeli universities in archaeological excavations in the Land. Page 1 Jones is considered as a foremost authority in Judaism as well as the geography, history and archaeology of the Land of Israel. In addition to his studies in Judaica at Hebrew University, he studied in the Lubervitchur Chabad Yeshiva and in Beit Kabballah, the two most Orthodox Rabbinic schools in Israel. He pioneered the concept of Covenant Plurality which has of recent been accepted in three major denominations. "Covenant Plurality" says Jones, "is very simple. You simply interpret the Bible in the plain, ordinary, simple and normal meaning of the words. Don't add unstated meaning or `spiritualize' the passages. Define the words based on the root of the original tongue. Interpret the words based on the hermeneutical principles of each particular level. Do not conjure theological expressions into the text that are not stated. If one follows these principles he will conclude that every covenant God made with mankind is eternal and as valid today as when it was spoken." "Jesus did not alter one jot or tittle of the Law and Prophets. Therefore, the church had no right to do so four centuries later as the Byzantine church fathers did. Nor do we have the right to do so today. If Jesus did not change it, theologians have no authority to do so." "Covenant Plurality" means, that when God makes a deal He keeps it, and he did not put all his eggs in one basket. -------------------------------------------------------------------- If you have comments or other information relating to such topics as this paper covers, please upload to KeelyNet or send to the Vangard Sciences address as listed on the first page. Thank you for your consideration, interest and support. Jerry W. Decker.........Ron Barker...........Chuck Henderson Vangard Sciences/KeelyNet -------------------------------------------------------------------- If we can be of service, you may contact Jerry at (214) 324-8741 or Ron at (214) 242-9346 -------------------------------------------------------------------- Page 2

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