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Bibil Identifier bibil:202509
Publication Type Journal article
Title (German, Long) Amen
Title (German, ) Beobachtungen zur Verwendung einer alttestamentlichen Formel
Author Neef, Heinz-Dieter
Journal Theologische Beiträge (Volume: 39, Issue: 6)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language German
Pages 363-375 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The verbal adjective "amen" occurs only 27 times in the Old Testament, The oldest occurence from the Early Kingdom is found in I Kings 1:36, while the use of "amen" in Trito-Isaiah, Nehemia, Chronicles, and the Psalms shows that "amen" was used slightly more often in the post-exilic period. With the exception of Isaiah 65:16 "amen" could be spoken by individuals as well as the community, yet all the instances in the Old Testament are found in a theological context. Since the expression is used in the context of cursing, blessing, confession, and worship, it is possible to speak of the confessional character of "amen". Its usage corresponds closely with the words and actions of God, under whose control the speaker stands. Lastly, to make a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, the usage in the Gospels differs from that of the Old Testament. Here, "amen" is used in the sense of "Verily, I say unto you". With this expression Jesus reveals his authority, while in the Old Testament "amen" merely serves to strengthen the speaker's own words.
Terms אמן
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