KIBBUTZ MAANIT, Israel (Reuters) - A Texas oilman is using his Bible as a guide to finding oil in the Holy Land.
[Wow, you mean a different one than the one leading the country? Hey this reminds me of a t.v show….]
John Brown, a born-again Christian and founder of Zion Oil & Gas of Dallas, can quote chapter and verse about his latest drilling venture in Israel, where his company has an oil and gas exploration license covering 96,000 acres.
[Come and listen to my story of man named John, a money hungry fella with a brand new con]
"Most blessed of sons be Asher. Let him be favored by his brothers and let him dip his foot in oil," Brown quotes from Moses's blessing to one of the 12 Tribes of Israel in Deuteronomy 33:24.
Standing next to a 54-meter (177-ft)-high derrick at Kibbutz Maanit in northern Israel, Brown said the passage indicated there is oil lying beneath the biblical territory of the Tribe of Asher, where the agricultural community is located.
[See one day he was readin’ the word of God, and suddenly discovered a neat divinin’ rod. The bible that is, the good book, Texas research.]
Geological surveys and an attempt by an Israeli-based company to find oil at the same site 10 years ago, a venture he said was abandoned for lack of funds, led Brown to pick the spot where new drilling will begin this week.
Brown said he raised money for "Project Joseph" from fellow evangelical Christians in the United States.
[Well the first thing you know ol’ John’s got a plan. His church folk said, ”hey we’re all behind ya man!”]
"From the investment standpoint, they certainly hope to have a return of the money," he said. "But the basis of it is Genesis, chapter 12."
In that passage, God promises to shower blessings on those who bless the "great nation" sired by the Hebrew patriarch Abraham.
[They said “on a kibbutz is the place ya oughta be", so he loaded up his jet and he flew to Galileeeeeeeeee. Jesus country. Lots of sand and Jewish folk.]
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