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Sleep in the New Testament

  • Michel BilliardEmail author
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Abstract

As is the case in the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud, sleep is referred to in the New-Testament, although less frequently. However, due to different periods of writing and different perspectives, the New Testament is mainly the record of Jesus’s life and of the first Christian communities’ lives; it is no surprise that what is found about sleep in the New Testament differs from what is found in the Hebrew Bible and the Talmud. There is nothing or almost nothing on sleep medicine itself, but there are references to different aspects of sleep, drowsiness and deep sleep, evening pressure to sleep, alternation of day and night or night and day, wakefulness versus vigilance, dreaming, and in a single case a deadly accident due to excessive sleepiness.

Keywords

New-Testament Deep sleep Homeostatic pressure for sleep Day and night Wakefulness Vigilance Dreaming Excessive daytime sleepiness 

Abbreviations of Books of the New Testament

Mt

Matthew

Mk

Mark

Lk

Luke

Jn

John

Acts

Acts of the Apostles

1 Thes

1 Thessalonicians

2 Thes

2 Thessalonicians

1 Tm

1 Timothy

2 Tm

2 Timothy

Rv

Revelation to John

References

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    Koella WP. Vigilance – a concept and its neurophysiological and biochemical implications. Adv Biosci 1978;21:171–78.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurologyGui de Chauliac HospitalMontpellier Cedex 5France

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