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Jew, Turkish in Turkey

Jew, Turkish

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,500 Turkish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Jew, Turkish in Turkey

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Introduction / History
The history of the Jews in Turkey covers about 2400 years. The Turkish Jews form one of the main non-Muslim communities in Turkey. With the establishment of the State of Israel, they now live in a small Jewish community in Turkey. In the Ottoman Empire, the situation of the Jews was tied to the Sultan's whims. For example, Murad III wanted non-Muslims to be submissive and poor. He forbade non-Muslims to live near the mosque and high buildings. The establishment of the Republic of Turkey lessened Jewish immigration to Israel. Migration began to increase with events seen as signs of hostility towards Jews. Discrimination took place at the beginning of these events. Jews in Turkey supported the State of Israel's establishment. In 1948, with the establishment of the State of Israel, immigration from Turkey increased. These migrations were different from other forced migrations because the Jews emigrated to Israel by their own will. These people have maintained their links with Turkish culture and Turkey. These people are also strong advocates of Israel-Turkey relations.

Where are they located?
According to the World Jewish Congress, 95% of the Jews in Turkey live in Istanbul (Constantinople), around 2,500 live in Izmir (Smyrna) and smaller groups live in Adana, Ankara, Bursa, Canakkale, Iskenderun and Kırklareli.

What are their lives like?
Anti-Semitism is quite common in Turkey. Antisemitism is generally seen in books, newspapers, and magazines, and most of them are usually from the Islamic side. Some of them hide their names in their daily lives. Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul was attacked at least four times.

What are their beliefs?
The majority believe in Judaism. A few have left their religion.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Turkish people to abandon any anti-Semitic thinking.
* Pray for the Turkish Jews to find Christ.
* Pray for the spread of Christianity throughout the Middle East.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-11-22
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Country: Turkey
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:25 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread in Turkey as L1 or L2
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Jew, Turkish
People Name General: Jew, Turkish
ROP3 Code: 115960
Joshua Project People ID: 20119
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,500
Population all Countries: 52,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Jews
People Cluster: Jews
People Name General: Jew, Turkish
Ethnic Code: CMT35
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Turkish (5,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): tur    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions97.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious3.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1782-1985
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1827-2008
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Turkish
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoRivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 2 - Jesus' Baptism
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app as APK File fro ...
Mobile AppDownload Audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Turkish, Kutsal Kitap Yeni Ceviri
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Turkish)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Jew, Turkish in Turkey

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People Cluster
    Jews     Asia, Central    
      Jew, Turkish Turkey    
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