Are Persian, Farsi and Arabic understandable for both sides
In the biblical account of the Whitsun events, Persians are mentioned alongside other ethnic groups, and there have always been Christians in Persia.
At least 80 languages are spoken in Iran, including those spoken in neighboring countries. Some are spoken by millions, others by tens or hundreds of thousands, some by fewer people.
Some have high status, others are spoken of by minorities who are persecuted in their home country. Many people speak more than one language.
The Bible is available in some languages of Iran and is helping to increase the number of Christians in some areas.
The Bible has been published in the following languages:
Iranian Persian (Farsi), Standard Arabic, Southern Kurdish, Southern Azerbaijani (Iraqi Turkmen), Central Kurdish (Sorani), Bakhtiari, Gilaki, Mazandarani, Southwestern Turkmen, Balochi, Northern Luri (Luristani), Gurani, Hazaragi, Dari, Northern Kurdish
Iranian Persian [pes], also known as Farsi, is the official language of Iran and is spoken as the mother tongue of around 50 million Iranians, but there are several other languages that are used as regional languages and in schools.
The interface for bible.com and the YouVersion app is available in Farsi at bible.com/fa.
ELAM ministries has published more than 200 Christian books in Persian and provides other useful sites and resources on a website.
In 2019 the Church of England published an official translation of the sacrament services in Farsi (Communion service in Farsi).
Standard Arabic [arb] is an officially recognized language of the Iranian constitution and is used as the language of instruction. It is estimated that around 1.3 million speakers in Iran use Arabic as their mother tongue.
There are several translations of the Bible in modern Arabic. The “True Meaning” translation aims to be understandable and appealing to Muslims. The New Testament in PDF format and audio recordings are available on the "Stories of the prophets”Website (Prophet Stories website). That is also recommended Sharif Bible. The “Book of Life” (Kitaab al-Hayaat), Today’s Arabic Version and the New Arabic Version are also good modern translations, especially for Arabic-speaking Christians.
The Sharif Bible and the Kitaab al-Hayaat are also available as an audio version of Faith comes by hearing ('Faith comes from hearing') Bible.is available.
Southern Kurdish [sdh] is spoken by over 3.6 million speakers. Parts of the Bible were translated at the end of the 19th century, and now there is Jesus movie in the Kermanshani dialect.
Southern Azerbaijani [azb], also known as Iraqi Turkmen or Azeri, is spoken by about 11 million speakers in Iran and about 3 million more in Jordan, Iraq, and Turkey. The Iranian Azeri Bible was published in 2013 by Elam Ministries publishes and contains the New Testament with psalms and proverbs. She is up Bible.com available.
A wide range of Christian products on Azeri including the Jesus film, will be on korpu.org offered.
Central Kurdish [ckb], also known as Sorani, was estimated to be spoken by more than 527,000 speakers in Iran in 2014 and another 4 million in Iraq.
Bakhtiari [bqi] has about 1.2 million speakers. The Gospel of Luke is available in this language as a text, audio and video version Faith Comes By Hearing. This translation was also used for the Jesus film. You can do both enjil-si-bakhtiari.com download in small sections.
Gilaki [glk] is spoken by 2.4 million people as their mother tongue.
Mazandarani [mzn] has 2.3 million speakers. The book of Ruth and parts of the Gospel of Luke are on mazanmedia.net available. The parts of the Gospel of Luke are also available as audio files, and there is also a translation of the film Magdalena. The Facebook page facebook.com/mazanmedia has over 3000 followers, and there is one too Instagram page.
Southwestern Turkmen [tuk]
Almost 9 million people worldwide call themselves Balochi, but the language itself can be divided into Eastern, Western and Southern Balochi. About half a million speakers from the southern Balochi [bcc] live in Iran; 2.5 million speakers live in Pakistan. Additional speakers are spread across the Middle East and beyond.
Northern Luri [lrc], also sometimes called Luristani, has nearly 1.8 million speakers. In this language there is Jesus movie and a couple of shots that Global Recordings did in the early 1970s.
Heard with 300,000 speakers Gurani to the smaller language groups, but still has a recording of the Jesus film.
Hazaragi [haz] is spoken by over 2.2 million speakers. They live mainly in Afghanistan, but there were also an estimated 370,000 speakers in Iran. The Gospel of Luke, some worship songs, the stories of the prophets as text and audio versions and the Jesus film are available on lightforhazaras.com.
Dari, also as Afghan Persian or eastern Farsi known, is spoken by approximately 9 million people around the world, including 370,000 in Iran.
Northern Kurdish [kmr] has 465,000 speakers in Iran. There are a few distinctly different varieties, including Kurmanji Kurdish, which is also spoken in parts of northern Syria and most of eastern Turkey. The New Testament and the Psalms (with audio versions) either give up Mizgîniya Kurdi or from YouVersion. YouVersion also contains a translation of the Proverbs of Solomon in Kurmanji Kurdish from 1947. On YouTube you can find the Joseph story and the Story of the prophets, a presentation of the gospel through stories from all over the Bible. Also available are the Jesus movie and the Magdalena film as well as radio plays produced biblical stories.
Khorasani Kumanji is another variant of Northern Kurdish, on which a New Testament was probably published in 1894, but which is apparently not online.
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