Jewish, Finnish in Finland

Jewish, Finnish
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People Name: Jewish, Finnish
Country: Finland
10/40 Window: No
Population: 1,300
World Population: 1,300
Primary Language: Finnish
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Jewish
Affinity Bloc: Jewish
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Jewish people have lived in Finland since the 1700s. Their numbers rose when Jewish soldiers from Russia arrived in the 19th century and remained after their military service. Many immigrated to Israel when it was established, but more came to Finland after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jews of Finland hold all kinds of jobs. Many are executives and professionals in business. The largest population concentrations are in and around Helsinki, where they continue to face sporadic anti-Semitism.

What Are Their Beliefs?

For religious Jews in Finland, 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. Orthodox Jews generally follow the traditional religious beliefs and practices found in the Jewish literature that interprets Scripture regarding ethical, religious, civil, and criminal matters.

Reform Jews do not believe that the Jewish Law is divinely revealed. They are not restricted to kosher foods. They neither wear the skullcap (yarmulke) when praying nor use Hebrew in prayer. All religious Jews believe in the coming of a Messianic Age, but only the Orthodox Jews look for a personal Messiah.

Many Jewish people in Finland keep cultural Judaism, but they have rejected the spiritual elements taught in the Old Testament. Many practice the ritual feasts and identify closely with the long history and heritage of their people. They refuse to receive Jesus and are waiting for another Messiah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Jews in Finland need a powerful move of God's Spirit to set them free from bondage to religion. They are convinced that their relationship with God is guaranteed by his covenant and their ongoing works through rituals and traditions.

Prayer Points

Pray for Jesus to reveal himself to the Jews of Finland.

Pray for Messianic Jews to share the gospel with them and for the Lord to establish an unstoppable Christ-ward movement among them.

Pray for Jewish elders in Finland to accept the idea that Jesus fits the description of the Messiah.

Text Source:   Joshua Project