Jew, Karaite in Lithuania


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Introduction / History

The Karaite form of Judaism is so strange that Russian Tsars categorized them as non-Jews. So did the Nazis. Thus, they escaped Russia's pogroms and the Nazi holocaust. But Karaites know they are true Jews. They follow only the Tanach, the Jewish Bible, rejecting rabbinic interpretations. They allow each believer to make his/her own interpretation. Unlike most Jewish communities, men and women can exercise authority in their groups. They often prostrate themselves in prayer, which is rare for any Jewish community.

Still, the Karaites have important commonalities with mainstream Judaism. They observe the Sabbath. Karaites practice total separation from Gentiles and from ritual washing. Their prayer books come almost exclusively from Tanach passages.

But just when we think we can pigeonhole the Karaites as Orthodox Jews, they surprise us. They do not wear phylacteries attached to forehead or hand in any form. Karaites understand the Scriptures referring to these in metaphorical terms. So they hide the Word of God in their thoughts and let it guide their actions.

In other respects, Karaites tend to adopt the customs of their host country. Since most of them live in Israel, they are starting to assimilate into mainstream society, according to the internet's Wikipedia.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Messianic Jewish believers will see the Karaite community in Israel as God sees them.
* Ask God to raise up Messianic Jews to go as His ambassadors to the Karaites.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Jew, Karaite
People Name in Country Jew, Karaite
Population in Lithuania 200
World Population 1,800
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Karaim, Karaite Jew
People ID 12523
ROP3 Code 104635
Country Lithuania
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Vilniaus County, Trakai district municipality; scattered in a few other places.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Lithuania
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Vilniaus County, Trakai district municipality; scattered in a few other places..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016

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Primary Language Lithuanian
Language Code lit   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Karaim
Primary Language Lithuanian
Language Code lit   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Karaim
People Groups Speaking Lithuanian

Primary Language:  Lithuanian

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1625-2016)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1701-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1735-1998)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lithuanian
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biblija. Senasis Testamentas. Naujasis Testamentas
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lietuviška Biblija
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lithuanian Bible
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Daniel Downer 
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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