I'm not quite sure what to think about this story
. Texas oilman John Brown claims to be searching for oil in Israel using a passage from the Bible. Deuteronomy 33:24 says "Most blessed of sons be Asher. Let him be favored by his brothers and let him dip his foot in oil." I think we can all agree that the oil in question wasn't light sweet crude.
So, is this guy batshit crazy, or is he a con man. It's a tough call. Some of these people are such fanatics that its possible he actually believes this shit. On the other hand, fundies make pretty good marks, especially when pitched by their own. Hmm, I'm leaning toward the latter. Raise a bunch of fundie money, drill a dry well, and hit the road with the rest of the loot. That sounds like the most plausible scenario to me.
I think this article from The Times Of London seals it for me. Hal Lindsey, a televangelist, apparently pitched this idea on TV. If you notice in the article it says he raised 6.75 million dollars (converted from pounds) and the drilling costs will only be 2.62 million dollars. That's about 4 million profit for finding nothing.