Where Did the Word “Amen” Come From and Why Do Christians Say “Amen” After a Prayer?

The word amen appears 13 times in the Hebrew Bible and 119 times in the New Testament as well as in the earliest Muslim writings.

The word originated in Egypt around 2500 B.C. as Amun, and meant the “Hidden One,” the name of their highest deity.

Hebrew scholars adopted the word as meaning “so it is” and passed it on to the Christians and Muslims.

At the end of a profound statement or prayer, Christians, Muslims, and Jews all say “amen”.

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5 thoughts on “Where Did the Word “Amen” Come From and Why Do Christians Say “Amen” After a Prayer?”

  1. I think you need to state that Christianity and Islam did not develop at the same time as it is inferred here.

  2. I love to study the etymology of that word. Especially if you are translating Biblical text from Hebrew to Greek to English.

    The phrase Amen is not a derivative of the Egyptian name, but is Hebrew. It is drived from three Hebrew consonants: aleph (’), mem (m), and nun (n). The root mn is firmness or certainty. Mn denotes something that is sure and unchanging. From it comes the verb aman, which means to make something sure or established. Amen is the adverb form with the same meaning. It is also as translated verily or surely (John 3:3)
    The Egyptian idol Amen-RaAmen, whose name means that which is unseen, was known in Egypt as a god or spirit who controlled the wind.

    To suggest that Christians and others would use a word that denotes something that is inconstant, ever changing and unpredictable is in direct contrast to the character of God.

  3. “Aum is the Creative Word, the whir of the Vibratory Motor, the witness of Divine Presence… “These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God” – Revelation 3:12. “In the beginning was teh Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… All things were made by him [the Word or Aum]; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” -John 1:1-3. Aum of the Vedas became sacred word Hum of the Tibetans, Amin of the Muslims, and Amen of the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Jews, and Christians. Its meaning in Hebrew is sure, faithful.” Excerpt fr: “Autobigography of a Yogi” -P. Yogananda 1946.

  4. i just heard someone bring this up on yt.the topic of “where did the word amen come from”.i started looking into this for about 10 mins now.1 thing that stood out for me very quickly.the word did’nt show up in the bible until AFTER the hebrews LEFT egypt.so i think it could very well have been adpoted from egyptians.i do understand that people feel the need to hold a biased view because it may not have been what they were taught to believe.but just think of the time and how much evil the israelites had in them.by that i mean how much of the egyptian ways had rubbed off on them.lets face facts here,God brought them out of egypt and the first thing they do is build an idol to praise.then they slap God the Creator in the face by saying they want a king of the flesh….

  5. Yes sir the world began with them, and every thing that is or will be deemed good will be theirs , all knowledge has and will come from them, they are gods chosen people and he gave all the earth, the people, every thing on and a above it for them to be dominant over. look it up it is in the bible.

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