1. (BTW, I have no idea why you include the letter 'Z' in your abbreviation
of the title.)
The 'Z' stands for Zebedee, and is the basis for the claim that the text is of Apostolic succession..."And it happened one day, when John, the brother of James - who are the sons of Zebedee -"
I have an idea that the term 'monad' is built into the parable saying 98. It is in fact representative of the Alpha-Omega of the "kingdom of the sword.' When the sword hits the target, this represents the monad, or Point A. of the act of using swordcraft. The kingdom of the sword, is the 'genus and species' of the knowledge one has in using the sword. It is part of the self.
An expert of techniques in the 'kingdom of the sword' will organize those techniques in the same manner that we see in the description of Solomon's natural order brought on by the power of Wisdom. In the kingdom of the sword, there is blocking, slashing, stabbing, etc. The order of the kingdom for the expert, and the number of actual techniques can be seen in the natural order of dividing those types of techniques into what would be seen as a storehouse of treasure or knowledge of the sword kingdom. This can be a kingdom where individual knowledge varies.
The focus in saying 98, is not on the degree of knowledge in one's sword kingdom. It is on Point A of thrusting the sword. I see this point as the 'monad' of the kingdom. Perhaps point Alpha is where you decide to thrust the sword, and is that point where this is possible, and Omega is that point where the act is completed. This can be seen as making the two into one.
There is reason to believe that the 'kingdom of the sword' in the first century in Galilee was huge. There was Roman practices of war, but there were martialists, in well trained Gladiators. The Persian center for sword makers was Damascus, and swordsman were known to come to Damascus and have swords made, from the far reaches of the Silk Routes.
Martial skills were among the curriculum devised by Confucius, so by the first century there would have been different, but well organized systems, or kingdoms of knowledge, on swordsmanship. By all indications Persian swordsmen learned skills in a similar manner as modern schools of training.
The particular skills or techniques are taught in an organized systemic order, or genus and species like organization. In some schools of thought in Oriental training the philosophical and spiritual qualities of the man were part of the techniques. In first century China martialists learned medicine and other high knowledge skills. Roman training was well organized also, but spirituality and the philosophical view of man, was not a strong consideration in the curriculum.
Saying 98, represents the concept of kingdom, on earth. The sword represents the object of the kingdom for the man using it. The wall represents the target of the act, but the act itself represents the Alpha, and Omega, of the kingdom of the sword. The sword and the wall are the training of the 'inner' for the act of killing the 'important man. The kingdom is complete when the Alpha and Omega are complete. The Monad of that kingdom is that point A. which can be seen as the center or 'monad' of the duality of the act, in both the wall and man.
If I am correct here, this explains both my Point A., and the function of a "Monad" in terms of "Kingdoms." I believe we can put the concepts of the tree of life, and the tree of knowledge, in the same allegorical schema of how kingdoms are built. Davies' connection of Thomas to the Wisdom of Solomon, and other Wisdom models is correct.
Heracleon suggests in his fragments that the Craftsman, is that craftsman that brought Wisdom to the world. (Frg. 20) Clement suggests that these Craftsmen are related to.....
".....correct expounders of the truth, are Gnostics. Since also, in what pertains to life, craftsmen are superior to ordinary people, and model what is beyond common notions; so, consequently, we also, giving a complete exhibition of the Scriptures from the Scriptures themselves, from faith persuaded by demonstration." (Clement. "Stromata" Bk. 7)
The 'sword in the wall' is faith demonstrated by exhibition. The correct expounder of the truth, is one who has in his storehouse, the sword. That storehouse is connected with the soul, and the Garment. The martial craftsman, or spiritual warrior, is such when his kingdoms are built from the same stuff. The man in saying 98, is one with this 'kingdom.' (Welcome to my world)
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