James D. Long

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Jim Long

James (Jim) D. Long former member of the High Council of B'nei Noah, Author, Director, Co-owner/Operator Lightcatcher Productions, Publisher--Lightcatcher Books and radio personality.


Born in Swinton, Missouri, Long began his broadcast career as a disc jockey for his hometown radio station before graduating from High School. During the next 10 years, he worked as a journalist and program director in a number of cities including Houston and Dallas. In addition to being a favorite on-air personality, he is an energetic, creative writer-producer. Long earned a number of awards including three “Addys” from the world’s largest advertising competition (American Advertising Federation).

Long combined his love of archaeology, writing and film-making in 1979, shooting 16mm documentary footage in the mountains of Chihuahua, Mexico, the arid deserts of Jordan and the misty Andean foothills of Ecuador in South America. His first foray into feature films was as Creative Director for Houston-based MediaPlex Entertainment.

Middle East Adventures

He relocated to Dallas in the 1990s and returned to broadcasting. There, he interviewed Professor Vendyl Jones and was so impressed with his scholarship and unique perspective on archaeology and the Bible that Long began working with the Vendyl Jones Research Institutes. He wrote and directed two documentaries, Digging Up the Future and Return to Gilgal, and participated in several archaeological excavations in the Middle East, documenting them on film and video.

Long and his wife, Carol, met in Dallas, Texas and were later married on a dig in Israel, at the Cave of the Column on the shores of the Dead Sea. They later founded Lightcatcher, a publishing and film production company.


Long co-produced Search for the Ark of the Covenant for Fox-Lorber’s Quest Series, which aired on the BBC and Dutch Television. While working on their own projects, James and Carol, shot on location in Israel, Egypt, Jordan and England. Their footage was later featured in Giants: The Myth & the Mystery, seen on The Learning Channel; Gold!, a mini-series on the History Channel; Pax Television’s Encounters with the Unexplained, Discovery Channel International’s Secrets of the Holy Land and Science of the Bible, a National Geographic television series.

Under the Lightcatcher banner, Long has written and directed On the Wings of Ezekiel and Riddle of the Exodus. The latter documentary is based on his book of the same name and offers evidence for the Biblical Exodus based on the Archaeological records of Egypt and ancient Jewish sources. Following the release of the book and DVD version, James was invited to lecture on the subject of the Exodus in venues across the US, as well as England, Israel and Canada.

Long's latest documentary project, Treasures of the Copper Scroll, details the discovery of an ancient metal scroll in a cave at Qumran, along the shores of Israel's Dead Sea, in 1952. Treasures of the Copper Scroll and Riddle of the Exodus are official entries in the 2nd Annual Monaco Charity Film Festival in Monte Carlo.

High Council of B'nei Noah

Long and nine other men gathered in Israel to form the High Council of B'nei Noah on January 10 2006. Long was appointed as the Council's speaker and public relations expert. James served in that capacity until his resignation from the council in January of 2007.

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