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The word “amen” (Gk. amēn, from Heb. ’āmēn) means “so it is.” Except in sayings of Jesus, “amen” is a response to something that has just been said. Expressing his supreme authority, Jesus introduces his teachings with “(very) truly [amēn (amēn)] I tell you.…” In Rev. 3:14 “Amen” is a self-designation of Christ (cf. 2 Cor. 1:20).

In both Judaism and Christianity “amen” is one of the most important words in the congregation’s participation in worship. The eucharistic prayer ends with “Amen,” and the believer responds with “Amen” after receiving Communion (Eucharist). In the Mid…

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Schnitker, Thaddeus A., “Amen”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 18 January 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A204>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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