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What does Amen mean?

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There are quite a few words that you’ll only ever hear in church. For instance, you’ll often hear invitations to a ’fellowship’ activity announced on a Sunday morning, but the chances are you won’t use the word fellowship to invite your friend over for a BBQ or to watch the Super Bowl. One word that is used today, in churches all around the world, is the word Amen. Although many people use it in the right context, some may not actually know what it means. So what does the word Amen actually mean?

 

 

Amen is an ancient Hebrew word and is primarily used in three ways in the scriptures:

At the beginning of a discourse/statement/sermon. In these cases Amen would often mean (and be translated) as verily, or truly.

  • Matthew 5:18 is an example of this:
    “For truly [Amen], I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.”

In the Old Testament it’s also used as a descriptor of the character of God being true and/or faithful.

  • Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful [Amen]God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
    See also: Isa. 49:7, 65:16.

The most common placement of Amen is at the end of a prayer, sermon, or statement - as an agreement. It could then be translated as ‘so be it’, ‘so it is’,  or ‘may it be fulfilled’. These still have the similar ideas of truth, faith, or belief in.

  •  The Bible actually ends with this affirmation in Revelation 22:20-21: “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”

So, while many people haven’t researched the Hebrew roots, chances are, most have always had a basic understanding of what Amen means and have been using it in the right context. Hopefully this helps give you a bit larger picture of the meaning and you can shout, ”Amen” with more authority the next time your Pastor is preaching.

If you’re interested in doing similar word studies on your own, consider buying a Bible with Strong’s or a Bible Dictionary like Vine’s that make word study as easy as a click or tap in The Bible Study App.

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Who was St. Patrick really?

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He didn’t drive out snakes, drink green beer, or pinch people. In fact, he wasn’t even Irish! For the truth about St. Patrick watch the video below from our friends at Rose Publishing.

For great titles on church history and more go here!

 

Free Resource Friday

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The SBL Greek New Testament is another great Free book to add to your study library!

The SBL Greek New Testament differs from the standard text in more than 540 variation units. The existence of an alternative critically edited text will help to remind readers of the Greek New Testament that the text-critical task is not finished. Moreover, by reminding readers of the continuing need to pay attention to the variant readings preserved in the textual tradition, it may also serve to draw attention to a fuller understanding of the goal of New Testament textual criticism: both identifying the earliest text and also studying all the variant readings for the light they shed on how particular individuals and faith communities adopted, used, and sometimes altered the texts that they read, studied, and transmitted.

 

Find this title in the in-app store of the Bible Study App or go here for download instructions.

 

You can also go HERE to check out other Hebrew and Greek resources for use within The Bible Study App.

Free Resource Friday

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Today we wanted to highlight a great FREE resource from Pastor John Piper who also uses The Bible Study App from Olive Tree. Here’s what he says about The Bible Study App by Olive Tree:

“Olive Tree BibleReader is my default mobile Bible. I use it for devotions every day, usually from my iPad… The split window lets me keep a Greek and Hebrew window open as I read, and the pop-up lexicons fill in the gaps in my memory. The copy-and-paste features let me copy and paste easily to Twitter if I want to create a tweet out of something moving from my devotions.”
“Never before has the Bible been so easily accessible. Go there over and over again through the day. It is the voice of God.”
-John PiperJohn Piper Sermons

You can download and read over 1200 sermons spanning 20+ years of Pastor John Piper’s ministry find them in the store of the Bible Study App or get download directions by clicking here!

A Look Inside the Holman Bible Atlas

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The Holman Bible Atlas is a fantastic visual resource through which the reader can explore the world of the Bible.

This resource contains 140 full color maps key to biblical events.  With the Bible Study App, you can zoom in on any image to get a closer look.  Like this:

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The Holman Bible Atlas also includes 140 full color photographs illustrating the land, sites, and archaeology of the biblical world:

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The Holman Bible Atlas begins with an introduction to the geography of the biblical world emphasizing the major physical features of the Ancient Near East with special attention given to the geographical regions of Palestine.

There are also over 20 charts that give insight into the Biblical text:

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With The Bible Study App, you can easily access the maps, charts, and pictures through the Table of Contents, by chapter, or Bible section.

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Enhance your Bible Study with The Holman Bible Atlas, and more Maps, Atlases & Visual Guides on sale now through October 28th!

App Tip: Verse Chooser

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Did you know there are different styles of navigation to get you to book, chapter, and verse in The Bible Study App?

iOS Devices

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

For iOS it may not be obvious how to change between the two views. Here’s how to switch between the two (using an ipad as an example):
Tap the Go To button in the upper left. iOS currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Drag the list downward and you’ll see two buttons next to the search bar. Now click on the button indicated by the arrow below to change to the ‘List View’.

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List View

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Android Tablet

Tap the Verse Chooser in the upper left, next to the Library icon.

To access the different styles of verse chooser then tap the gear icon in the pop out. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

 

Android Verse Chooser

 

Android Phone

Tap the Go To button in the upper left. Android currently defaults to ‘Grid View’. Then tap the menu button your device. Please note that this is a button on your actual device, not the App, and it varies depending on the type of phone you have. You’ll then see 3 options:

The Grid View orders books by Old Testament and New Testament

The Alphabetical List View orders books by number…just kidding.

The Cannonical List View orders the books by canonical category: Pentateuch, History, Poetry, Prophets, Gospels, Epistles, Revelation

HTC One Verse Chooser

 

 

 

 

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