Judeo-Persian Jewish in Iran

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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

There have been Jewish people in Iran ever since the days of the Persian Empire. They were in good standing with Persian kings such as King Cyrus, who allowed Jewish people to return to Israel. Since that time their numbers in Iran have dwindled.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Jewish people are not popular with the Iranian government. They must stay quiet if they have any sympathy to Israel. A high percentage of them have migrated either to the United States or Israel.

What Are Their Beliefs?

For religious Jews, God is the Supreme Being, the Creator of the universe, and the ultimate Judge of human affairs. Beyond this, the religious beliefs of the Jewish communities vary greatly. All Jews are emotionally attached to Judaism since it is an important part of their identity as a people, but they hold different opinions as to how to approach Jehovah God. There are Orthodox Jews, conservative Jews, and Reformed Jews. The Orthodox stress the importance of following the Torah and the laws. Conservative Jews believe the Old Testament prophets. Reformed Jews are secular; they participate in Jewish holidays and traditions, but they don’t take the Scriptures as literally as the other two branches.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jews have a wonderful understanding of their connection with the Abrahamic covenant. However, they also have a history of rejecting Jesus Christ as Messiah, the one who has fulfilled that covenant. Pray that as the Gospel is shared, it will not be viewed as anti-Semitic, but rather as the fulfillment of what God promised through Abraham centuries ago.

Prayer Points

Ask the Lord of the harvest to send forth loving Christians to work among the Jewish communities.
Pray that the Jewish people in Iran will understand that Jesus is the long-awaited Messiah.
Ask the Lord to soften the hearts of the Jews towards Christians so that they might hear and receive the message of salvation.
Pray that God will grant Jewish believers favor as they share their faith in Christ with their own people.
Pray that strong local churches will be raised up in each Jewish community.

Scripture Prayers for the Jewish, Judeo-Persian in Iran.



Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Jewish, Judeo-Persian
People Name in Country Jewish, Judeo-Persian
Natural Name Judeo-Persian Jewish
Pronunciation joo-DAY-oh PUR-zhun joo
Alternate Names
Population this Country 10,000
Population all Countries 137,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 19241
ROP3 Code 115645
ROP25 Code 303368
ROP25 Name Jewish
Country Iran
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Throughout Iran.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Country Iran
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 9  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Throughout Iran..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Map of Jewish, Judeo-Persian in Iran Ethnolinguistic map or other map

Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Religion Subdivision: Judaism
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Dzhidi
Language Code jpr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Persian, Iranian
Primary Language Dzhidi
Language Code jpr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Persian, Iranian
People Groups Speaking Dzhidi

Primary Language:  Dzhidi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes
Bible-New Testament Yes
Bible-Complete Yes  (1909)
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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