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AD 339-407
John the Dwarf, son of poor parents in Tese, was born about 339. At the age of eighteen he went to Scetis and was trained by Abba Ammoes for twelve years. One of the most vivid characters in the desert, he attracted many disciples and in order to preserve his own solitude he dug himself a cave underground. He was ordained priest, and the number of his sayings, recorded and pre-served, points to his importance among his disciples. After 407 he went to Suez and the Mountain of Anthony.

Like the Angels

‘John has become an angel, and henceforth he is no longer among men.’ Then the other begged him saying, ‘It is I.’ However, his brother did not let him in, but left him there … Continue reading

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