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A Christian expression used to describe a Christian who has died. I see it on tombstones a lot.

In the New Testament people who are dead are often said to be sleeping. Jesus said it about Lazarus, for example. The phrase "asleep in Christ" is mentioned in I Corinthians 15.

A similar metaphor of death as sleep is active in the etymology of the word "cemetery", which is from Greek words meaning "sleeping chamber".

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