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Friday, June 28, 2013
Where the Word “Amen” Came From
found out where the word “amen” came from. Specifically, “amen” comes from
the Hebrew word… *wait for it*… “āmēn” (אָמֵן).
More interestingly, amen is one of the rare examples where a word has
survived thousands of years and been adopted into a few different languages
without any real modification to its meaning across time and those languages,
dating back pretty much as far as written history, appearing in the earliest
Jewish texts. It was (and is) typically used to mean something to the effect of
“so be it | let it be so”, in terms of declaring something to be truthful or to
confirm or assert it. It was also often used as a way to indicate that one
strongly agrees with something, which is where expressions like “amen to that”
come from. Bonus Facts:
The Hebrew word “amen” originally derives from another Hebrew word of
similar meaning: ʼāmán. It is sometimes theorized, probably incorrectly, that
this Hebrew word has its origins in the Egyptian god Amun, which is also
sometimes spelled “Amen”. However, most scholars think this is a mere
coincidence and that there is no real connection between the two.
Amen was eventually ported from the Hebrew language to Greek then ultimately
to Late Latin by Grecian theologians, who were translating the Bible, and
finally to Arabic and English.
Amen isn’t just used by Christians and Jews; it is also popularly used by
Muslims in pretty much the same way it is used by Jews and Christians.
One of the many names attributed to Jesus in the Bible is “The Amen”
(faithful and true witness), in Revelation 3:14.
The last word of the Old Testament is “curse”, appearing in Malachi: “And he
shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the
children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.”
The last word in the Bible is “Amen” (at the end of Revelations): “The grace
of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen”