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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.

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Eliyahu North Miami August 23, 2017

A.M.E.N HaShem Melech, HaShem Malach, HaShem Miloch, which means G-d is King Today, Yesterday &Tomorrow. El is King always... Reply

Anonymous Seoul August 21, 2014

Is there a mystical interpretation of the meaning of "amen?" Reply

Anonymous KSA 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 Reply

Menachem Posner for Montreal, Quebec via 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. Reply

Anonymous Danville, CA. via 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 Reply

Mordi WC November 14, 2010

Excellent 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. Reply

Kelly Rae Sydney, AU November 26, 2008

Excellent info. I had no idea about the acronym. Thank you. Reply

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