Tigray in Eritrea


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Introduction / History

The Tigray (Tigrigna) people are related to the Amhara and Tigre people of Ethiopia and Eritrea who together make up the Habeshans. These people can trace their origins back thousands of years. They settled on the African side of the Red Sea inhabiting the Nile Delta and all land east of the valley down to the Ethiopian Highlands. They established great kingdoms such as Sheba/Saba and Axum. After the Middle Ages they soon split into 3 tribes: Amhara, Tigre and Tigray with their own languages that all derived from Ge'ez, their ancient language. Habeshans settled in the Ethiopian Highlands and Red Sea coast of present-day Eritrea and North-Eastern Sudan. The Tigray live primarily in the Northern Highland of Ethiopia and the Southern plateau in Eritrea. Others have migrated to various North American and European countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Tigray are much like the Highland Amharas. They are mainly farmers and pastoralists. In older times there were several large urban communities in the Tigray Region that flourished and created much Christian art in the Abyssinian middle ages.


What Are Their Beliefs?

From early encounters with the Hebrew people, many Habeshans adopted the early form of proto-Judasim. Though the high and ruling class continued to practice the Egyptian pagan religion until Queen Makda of Sheba was converted by King Solomon to Judaism. Christianity came to the Tigray through Coptic missionaries. The Tigray and other Habeshans were the first African converts to Islam after sheltering Mohammad's followers in the holy city of Negash, located in the Tigray Region, from their enemies in Mecca. The converted Habeshans (especially Tigray Muslims) became known as the Jeberti (Elect of God). They became the religious leaders and university teachers in the powerful Islamic city of Zeila in NW Somalia. Because of the Islamic expansion, Aksum was cut from other Christian kingdoms which created their own unique form of Coptic Christianity by incorporating Judaistic rituals and laws and putting a large focus on monasticism. Today the majority of Tigray people are Ethiopian Orthodox and the minority are Sunni/Sufi Muslim.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tigray need to put their faith entirely in the person of Jesus Christ, who died to pay for their sins and rose to victory over death.


Prayer Points

Pray for a Holy Spirit sent revival in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church that will purify the Tigray people, causing them to focus on Jesus Christ.
Pray for them to put Jesus ahead of religious traditions.
Pray for Tigray disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Tigray, Tigrinya in Eritrea.


References

https://www.everyculture.com/wc/Costa-Rica-to-Georgia/Tigray.html
https://www.101lasttribes.com/tribes/tigray.html
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/suny-hccc-worldcivilization/chapter/kingdom-of-aksum/
http://orvillejenkins.com/profiles/tigrinya.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Tigray, Tigrinya
People Name in Country Tigray, Tigrinya
Natural Name Tigray
Alternate Names Eritrean; Tigrai; Tigrawot; Tigrigna
Population this Country 1,834,000
Population all Countries 10,006,000
Total Countries 14
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 4
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 15481
ROP3 Code 110050
ROP25 Code 308157
ROP25 Name Tigrai/Tigrinya
Country Eritrea
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially south and central.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Eritrea
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially south and central..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 4.47 %)
96.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
3.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Tigrigna (1,834,000 speakers)
Language Code tir   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tigrigna (1,834,000 speakers)
Language Code tir   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tigrigna

Primary Language:  Tigrigna

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1866)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1909-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1956-2001)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture Talking Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tigrigna Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Walking with Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Tigrigna YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Tigrigna YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source Hans van der Splinter  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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