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The Monk John of the Ancient Cave is called such because he asceticised during the eighth century in the Laura of the Monk Chariton (+450). This was called the “Ancient” one, being among the oldest of Palestinian monasteries. The Laura was situated not far from Bethlehem, near the Dead Sea. Saint John in his early years left the world, went to venerate at the holy places of Jerusalem and settled at the Laura, where he attained high spiritual accomplishment. He was ordained to the dignity of presbyter and glorified by his ascetic life.