Arab culture is familiar to many. Though perhaps not with any detail, many know of the desert nomads and their culture, which was developed through centuries long past in the harsh Arabian sands. In the present, many Arab peoples lead their lives in perhaps a less romantic fashion than framed in story and legend. The Levant Arabs (a broad term that includes several groups of Arabs: the Jordanian, Palestinian, Iraqi, Chaldean, and Syrian Arabs), originally settled all over the Arabian Peninsula and later migrated to North Africa. Today, several hundred thousand Levant Arabs live along the northern edges of the Arabian Desert. They are spread from Israel to Kuwait, and many live in Syria, northern neighbor to Jordan.
Levant Arabs typically live in villages located near fertile regions; but they can also be found near mountain foothills in less arid regions. Although they have settled in towns or villages, they have held on to their tribal affiliations.
To preserve their people, they are only allowed to marry those inside their own group. Levant Arab society is patrilineal, which means that inheritances are passed down through the males. In this system, boys inherit more than girls. Since children are considered a family's greatest asset, females are valued for their ability to bear children.
Central to some of the worst fighting the Middle East has seen in recent history, Syria is a nation wracked with strife. A civil war has been ongoing since 2011, not to mention the terror of ISIS. The damage on Syria's environment and infrastructure is extensive and will be felt by all who live there for many years.
The primary sect followed in Jordan is Sunni Islam, though there are some Christians among them. A tiny number are Evangelical.
There is a great need for the gospel to be preached among Jordanian Arabs in Syria. Evangelization efforts among them are challenging due to restrictions as well as general antagonism towards Christianity. The conflict in Syria has created a great challenge to any who would seek to enter. Prayerful intercession is the key to reaching them with the gospel.
Ask the Lord for opportunities to minister to both Jordanian and Syrian Arabs through relief and rebuilding efforts, and that the love of Christ would be made known to the suffering.
Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for the Jordanian Arabs in Syria.
Ask God to give Arab believers opportunities to share the love of Christ with Jordanian Arabs, and for hearts to soften, creating open doors for the gospel to be spread.
Ask the Holy Spirit to stir the hearts of these people toward Christ, and for movements to arise of Arabs in Syria coming to know Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Jordanian in Syria.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arab, Jordanian|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Jordanian|
|Natural Name||Jordanian Arab|
|Population this Country||23,000|
|Population all Countries||4,909,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Arab; Arabic, Palestinian-Jordanian; Jordanian Arab; Palestinian Arab|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||12 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Arabic, South Levantine Spoken (23,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ajp Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Arabic, South Levantine Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bible Online||Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, South Levantine Spoken||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Zume Resources||Zume Project|
|General||Zume Training||Zume Project|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|