Nov. 16, 2020

Pat Boone: From Exodus to Elvis to Jerusalem: Reflections on a Lifelong Christian Love For Israel and Judaism - S1E96

Mark is deeply honored to welcome living legend, Pat Boone, to the podcast today. Pat is obviously one of the most successful singers in history, but he is also an actor, TV host, producer, songwriter, author, motivational speaker, TV pitchman, radio personality, record company head, TV station owner, sports team owner, family man, and humanitarian. As you will hear today, Pat is also very much one of the people most responsible for the current historic friendship between Christians and Jews centered around Israel and the Torah. Today, he and Mark discuss his love of the Torah, the Jewish people, and the Jewish State.

Pat’s unwavering love and support of the Jewish people and State is palpable throughout this episode, particularly as he discusses the impact on his life of the lyrics he wrote for ‘Exodus’, and, in what would come to be known as singing ‘a prophecy’, his opportunity to perform it for troops during his visit to Israel in the midst of the Yom Kippur War. His relationship with Elvis Presley, his plan for peace, his definition of Zionism, and his many tours in Israel are also discussed. Pat tenderly shares the details of his successful 65 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Shirley, and The Boone Life Centre they founded together in Tanzania in conjunction with GOD TV. This thoroughly fascinating episode draws to a close with Pat sharing the lessons he has learned about mankind, and the story behind his role as a Christian Ambassador of Tourism for Israel. In this entertaining and informative conversation that spans many decades in the life of this truly remarkable individual, what becomes crystal clear is Pat Boone’s pioneering role in leading the formidable Christian Jewish friendship that is enjoyed throughout the world today, and the strength of his commitment to ensure its continuity for the future.

Episode Highlights:

· The story of Pat’s lyrics for the movie ‘Exodus’ · How they came to be displayed on the wall of the Righteous Gentiles at the Yad Vasham · His love of the Torah, the Jewish people, and the Jewish State · Pat’s visit to Israel during the Yom Kippur War · The story of Pat’s friendship with Elvis Presley from their first meeting to their last · Elvis’ relationship with the Jews · His definition of Zionism · The One Year Bible · Pat’s book, ‘“Questions About God And the Answers That Could Change Your Life” · Pat’s tours in Israel · Pat’s wife, Shirley, and her dad, Red Foley · The secret to a long and happy marriage · The Boone Life Centre in Tanzania · GOD TV · The lessons Pat has learned about humankind · Christian Ambassador of Tourism


“We have so much more in common than we even know yet.”

“You sang a prophecy.”

“We were two boys from Tennessee that had hit it big.”

“We were bonded to Israel.”

“The man is spiritually hungry.”

“Israel and the Jews were always...part of our history.”

“Through Israel all the nations of the Earth will be blessed.”

“Israel has become a blessing to every nation in the world.”

“We didn’t kiss for 9 months…I came home on Cloud 9.”

“Shirley was the ultimate mother and wife.”

“It was our commitments to God as well as to each other that made us hang in there.”

“I miss her, I love her, she’s all over this house I’m still living in.”

“She’s hovering nearby, I think.”

“You’re giving water and education. What could be more important?”

“Love the Lord thy God.”

“The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep his commandments.”


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