Whats all this about bethsarim?

by jambon1 10 Replies latest jw friends

  • jambon1

    I have heard a few things about this before but Im unsure of the real story.

    Anyone fill me in?

    Thanks if you can.


  • Jeffro

    If I recall correctly, the brief version is that Rutherford had a nice luxury villa made, at members' expense, supposedly to house the 'Ancient Worthies' (Abraham, Sarah, Abel, etc) who, it was claimed, would be resurrected around 1925. Because of the 'disappointment' that no dead people came to live there, Rutherford decided it would be go to best use by him living there instead. (What a martyr!) He lived there until his death, after which it was sold for a tidy sum.

  • hubert
  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Take your pick

    Beth Sarim Revisited 4 Newbies http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/12954/1.ashx

    Directions to Beth Shan http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/11/77813/1.ashx

    The Purpose of Beth Sarim http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/75348/1.ashx

    A house for yourself or for the Lord? http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/6207/1.ashx

    Info for Farkel [re: Beth Shan] http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/75385/1.ashx

    Real chronology of BETH-SARIM! http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/6905/1.ashx

    Beth Sarim, what's there now? http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/6/66959/1.ashx

  • Black Sheep
    Black Sheep

    I just had a look on Google Earth and found this at Lat 32.772620 Lon -117.091351

    Beth Shan

    It looks very much like Beth Shan is still reasonably intact.

    alt This aerial photo of the Beth-Shan residences was taken after its sale in 1945. The building at upper right is the main Beth-Shan residence. The long building to the left of the cul-de-sac is the "goat barn" which had a secret bomb shelter (as did the main residence). The air strip at top left was not built by the Society, but was built by Bruster Gillies in 1945 after he purchased the property from the Society.

    (photo courtesey of Edmond Gruss) http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/11/77813/1.ashx

  • Stealth453

    I am not trying to hijack the thread, but an innocent question, if I may....

    Does anyone know who owns it now?

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    In one of the threads I listed above I believe Farkel said an Asian man - not a JW owns it now. And people still drop by to ask questions and photograph the place.

    I could be wrong but that is what I recall

  • Lady Lee
    Lady Lee

    Definitely loo at the first link I posted above. At that time Farkel lived near enough to visit the amnsion

  • Stealth453

    Thanks a million.

  • jgnat

    I remember when you pulled the chronology on this Lady Lee. Good job. From Google Earth it appears there is an addition now. And a swimming pool.

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