Karaite Jew 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

* Scripture Prayers for the Jew, Karaite in Lithuania.

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
Natural Name Karaite Jew
Pronunciation KARE-uh-ite joo
Population this Country 300
Population all Countries 1,900
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 Europe, Eastern 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 Europe, Eastern 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
Map of Jew, Karaite in Lithuania
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  (1735-1999)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Lithuanian
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lithuanian
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lithuanian
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Lithuanian
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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 Tamar Hayardeni תמר הירדני - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: TrueLithuania.com, Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more