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Where does the term "Amen" come from?

Where does the term "Amen" come from?


According to the Talmud,1 the Hebrew word "amen" (pronounced "ah-men" or, in Ashkenazi pronunciation, "uh-main") is related to the word "amanah," meaning truthfulness, credence or belief. When we hear another reciting a blessing we respond with "amen"; thus affirming that we believe that which has just been said.

In addition, amen (אמן) is an acronym for the Hebrew words א-ל מלך נאמן, (El Melech Ne'eman), meaning "G‑d, the trustworthy King."

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Eliezer Posner


Shevuot 36a.

Eliezer Posner is a former member of the Ask the Rabbi team.
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August 21, 2014
Is there a mystical interpretation of the meaning of "amen?"
October 27, 2013
Christians say either 'Ahh-men' or 'Ay-men'.

The 'Ahh-men' pronunciation tends to be a bit more formal and used in liturgy, choral music, etc.


For Jews, Amen is also an acronym for El Melech Ne'eman, which means "Mighty, Faithful King".


Muslims use Amen (Amin or Ameen) in the same way as Christians and Jews, even though the word do
March 3, 2011
To Anonymous in Danville:
Think of the Hebrew word נאמן, meaning trustworthy, or the word אמונה, meaning belief. The root of both words is אמן.
Menachem Posner for
Montreal, Quebec
February 25, 2011
What are the roots of the word "amanah". I do not see it anywhere as a Hebrew word connected to the meaning offered.

Thank You
Danville, CA.
November 14, 2010
Short, sweet and complete. Just what i was looking for. Fits in perfectly with what is considered perhaps its most important use: Kaddish- V'imru Amen followed by the zenith line of the entire prayer " Amen Shmay Rabba ... Ulmaya Itborech " ... " Amen. May His Great Name Be Blessed Forever and Ever and Ever " as per Rabbi Tzvi.

Thank you.
November 26, 2008
Excellent info. I had no idea about the acronym. Thank you.
Kelly Rae
Sydney, AU