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A Compelling Curiosity: Israelite House of David

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House of David, Mary's City of David remain today as two religious colonies in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Originally founded by Benjamin Purnell "King Ben" & Mary Purnell, Benjamin found his calling after he dreamt a white dove perched on his shoulder and told him that he was the sixth son of the House of David. The dove told him it was his mission to re-unite the Lost Tribes of Israel in advance of Judgment Day. Originally founded in Fostoria, Ohio about 1902 as "The Israelite House of David, the New Eve, the Body of Christ," in 1903 they formed a commune in Benton Harbor. Members lived a simple life, practiced celibacy, vegetarianism, and abstinence from tobacco & alcohol. The commune thrived until "King Ben" was charged with immoral acts, arrested, but died before the case was resolved. The sect continues today as two colonies. A bit of fascinating Michigan history! The House of David was a Christian Millennialist Sect that revolutionized: architecture, art, musical entertainment and launched the famous barnstorming, "Jesus Boys of Baseball",in the roaring 1920's. Learn how this dedicated and innovative group would benefit the people of Western Michigan during the Great Depression and beyond.

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  • Directors: Jim Sawatzki
  • Producers: Palmer Divide Productions
  • Format: DVD+Blu-ray, Director's Cut, Full Screen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0058DCR3W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,845 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Du Livrer on April 6, 2012
Radio WMUK interview with Telly Award-winning and Emmy nominated producer/director Jim Sawatzki. Click on link for the interview at
Jim Sawatzki, founder of Palmer Divide Productions LLC, has been documenting Colorado history since 1992 and has recently released his latest work about a religious colony that flourished in his own hometown, "A COMPELLING CURIOSITY" A history of the Israelite House of David, in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

The House of David story "A Compelling Curiosity" A History of the Israelite House of David is now on DVD and is available at, shop Du Livrer seller, click on Movies, Director, Jim Sawatzki. GREAT STORY!!! For preview click on youtube pdpjim. It will take you back in time!
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