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The word "Amen" means:
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Does this mean this is the last word from W&T before the end of the world tomorrow?
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Can I give the answer? Or would that spoil the fun?
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Well, maybe I shouldn’t give the answer. After all, perhaps my answer is wrong. I guess the only thing I’ll say is that I stand firm on the claim that my answer is true…
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Maybe they should change the BD to be like wikipedia: crowdsourcing.
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I was always taught it meant ‘so be it’, which I remember from Sunday School music practice (we must have been singing something with lots of ‘amen’), so I can’t have been that old… doesn’t appear to be an option though, so I ticked the closest.
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Are we getting the answer tomorrow?
Have to quote from the wiki, which is pretty good: “The word amen (pron.: /ˌɑːˈmɛn/ or /ˌeɪˈmɛn/; Hebrew: אָמֵן, Modern amen Tiberian ʾāmēn; Greek: ἀμήν; Arabic: آمين, ʾāmīn ; “So be it; truly”) is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and New Testament. Its use in Judaism dates back to its earliest texts. It has been generally adopted in Christian worship as a concluding word for prayers and hymns. In Islam, it is the standard ending to Dua (supplication). Common English translations of the word amen include “verily” and “truly”. It can also be used colloquially to express strong agreement, as in, for instance, amen to that.”
Can’t wait until we have a discussion about Ba’l and how the Bible Dictionary is so completely off base (though that is part of the free dictionary that came with the publishing of the prior Bible that we never updated).
Sorry I didn’t respond sooner. My internet had end of the world problems. :)
LDS Anarchist is correct. Here’s the Bible Dictionary answer:
Amen. Firm, true. The word is used to denote acceptance (Deut. 27:15–26) or truthfulness (1 Kgs. 1:36). Amen was the proper response of a person to whom an oath was administered (1 Chr. 16:36; Neh. 5:13; 8:6). Christ is called “the Amen, the faithful and true witness” (cf. John 14:6; 1 Cor. 14:16; 2 Cor. 1:20; Rev. 3:14).
Honestly, I didn’t peek at the Bible Dictionary. That was the answer that was in my brain because I actually had done some research on that in the past. I even wrote an article on it, perhaps it was a post on my blog, or perhaps something for the GEMTAM, or perhaps it was a draft post, never published. I can’t recall where the heck I wrote the information. But, at any rate, it’s still in my brain, however it came about.
I will say this, though, based on my research (despite me not remembering when I did it nor where I put it), I do remember the conclusion I came to about the word “amen,” namely, that amen’s root meaning was “fixed,” as in when an object is affixed to another object by piercing both with a nail. I also remember other conclusions that dealt with plasma cosmology, so I won’t get into it here.
i like this name
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