Q. I have something I have been wondering about for a while now. When we pray, we say the word “Amen” at the end of our prayers. Being as how this was the name of an Egyptian god, are we to pronounce it as Jews do, which I have heard pronounced as “Ahmain”, or should we not use the word at all? I don’t want to be offering up prayers to a pagan god. Please help me as this has been bothering me.
A. Given the way He feels about pagan religions, I doubt that God would have allowed the name of an Egyptian god to become part of every prayer He receives from His people. Amen is a Hebrew word that means “truly” or “so be it”. It first appears in Numbers 5:22 which means it has been in use for over 4000 years.
As you said the Hebrew pronunciation is more like ah-main’, but regardless of how you pronounce it, the word has no connection to the Egyptian god, Amen-Ra. It’s not unusual for different languages to contain words that sound alike but have entirely different meanings.