John Piper

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(Arabic) Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die


The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God’s Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer. The central issue of Jesus’ death is not the cause, but the meaning—God’s meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons.


Arabic is the primary language in North Africa and the Middle East and the fourth largest language in the world, spoken by 221 million people there and beyond. Much of the Arabic-speaking world has found itself embroiled in fierce and often hostile conflict recently. Often called “Arab Spring,” these uprisings were sparked in most countries by poverty combined with rising prices, lack of job opportunities for young workers, and growing anger at personal enrichment among the politically elite. The uprisings began in Tunisia in December 2010, followed by mass protests across Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Libya, Oman, Jordan, Syria, Bahrain, Algeria and Morocco in January and February. Calls for freedom, justice, and hope for a better world were commonly heard among young protesters on the streets.

Regardless of any reforms these countries make, however, these hopes will not and cannot ultimately be met by a merely human government. Christ is the only one who can bring lasting peace to the unrest of millions of unbelieving souls in the Arab world, and access to that truth is essential. One massive opportunity for gospel penetration right now, especially for Arabs who do not speak English, is through the web, with the potential for millions to read, listen to, and study the truth about Jesus in their own language. (Ethnologue, BBC World News)


Geography of the Language

Arabic is considered an official language in the countries of Algeria, Bahrain, Chad, Comoros, Dijbouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somolia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE, and Yemen.

Arabic Demographics

Population: 344,139,242
221,000,000 First Language Arabic Speakers
77% Literacy Rate (Internet users 65M; 18.8% of the population)
* Statistics are from Operation World, ICI, World Bank, IWS, and UNESCO

Project Details

Title: Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die
Author: John Piper
Language: Arabic
Project Cost: $6,500
Copies: 5,000
Format: Soft Cover

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