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 to Shem, eldest son of Noah. They left present day Yemen and 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. These people are known in antiquity as the Ancient Egyptians who retreated back to Ethiopia and Eritrea after countless takeovers of Egypt. Here they established other 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.
Though most Tigray live in Ethiopia and Eritrea, there are some who have migrated to Western countries for better jobs. These include United Kingdom, United States, Australia, Germany, Malta, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy.
In the West, the Tigray are exposed to many new ideas. The forms of Christianity are different than they were used to in their African homeland. Life is far more urban and prosperous.
From early encounters with the Hebrew people, many 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 Habeshan tribes 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.
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.
Pray for the Tigray people to understand that they cannot please God through works/righteousness, and they must depend entirely on his grace and mercy.
Pray for the Christian aspects of their religion to lead them to the cross.
Pray for Tigray disciples to make more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Tigray, Tigrinya in Switzerland.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tigray, Tigrinya|
|People Name in Country||Tigray, Tigrinya|
|Alternate Names||Eritrean; Tigrai; Tigrawot; Tigrigna|
|Population this Country||41,000|
|Population all Countries||9,808,000|
|Progress Scale||4 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed|
Primary Language: Tigrigna
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1909-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|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, audio, video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||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|