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Chaldean in United States


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,500 Chaldean Neo-Aramaic Christianity 90.00 % 1.00 % No   

Chaldean in United States

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Introduction / History
The Chaldean Neo-Aramaic population of today arbitrarily received the name "Chaldean" from the Roman-Catholic Church in the 1500s when many Christians in eastern Anatolia converted to Catholicism. They were given the name Chaldean-Catholic, although they are actually the descendants of the Hittites. Their conversion to Christianity began soon after Jesus, which is the reason they still retain Neo-Aramaic as a spoken language, since Aramaic was the main language of the area at the time of their conversion, and it is still used as a second language of the modern populatio

Where are they located?
World War I caused the population to move outside of Anatolia, mainly south to Mesopotamia for a few generations, and more recent problems in Mesopotamia have caused the majority of the population to be scattered around the world. Some still live as minorities in what is currently called Iraq and Iran, while large populations exist in America, Canada, Australia, Europe, and elsewhere.

What are their lives like?
Those still living in Muslim-majority areas are generally persecuted to some degree. The majority elsewhere have often become successful in business, and in other professions as well.

What are their beliefs?
The majority claim to follow the Chaldean-Catholic beliefs, which is an Eastern Church of Catholicism, unique in some ways from other forms of Catholicism.

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Country: United States
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
Location in Country:Detroit (over 80,000) and California
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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People Name in Country: Chaldean
People Name General: Chaldean
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 101983
Joshua Project People ID: 11295
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 1,500
Population all Countries: 125,000
Least-Reached: No
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Assyrian / Aramaic
People Name General: Chaldean
Ethnic Code: CMT31
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Primary Language: Chaldean Neo-Aramaic (1,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): cld    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Christianity
Religion Sub-division:Roman Catholic
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity90.00 %(Evangelical: 1.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious10.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic100.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
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Least-Reached: No
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Bible Portions: 1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Chaldean Neo-Aramaic
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Text / Printed MatterAramaic New Testament
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Chaldean in United States

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    Assyrian / Aramaic     America, North and Caribbean    
      Chaldean United States    
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