In my previous articles, The Meaning of Idea and Gnosis in the Bible, I explain that the Greek words found in the New Testament that are often translated in English as “to know, to see – to observe or to come to know through observation – to perceive and understand,” are “eido, eida, eidos, oida, ida, ginosko, epiginosko, epistamai, gnosis and epignosis.”
Words and deviations of these words that can be found hundreds of times in the Scripture.
This is also where we get the Platonic Eidos or Idea in English which is the main premise behind Plato’s “The theory of Forms or theory of Ideas.
This is the Matrix or material reality that we live in today. A world created by man through knowledge which then leads to ‘Forms’ or ‘Ideas’.
What I find fascinating is that we can find Platonic Eidos or Ideas all throughout the Scripture as well. For example, we find the verbs oida or eido and the nouns eidomen or oidamen hundreds of times on the Bible.
These same Greek words later become in English, “idae and idea.”
Examples of these words in Scripture are often connected to the prophets and Master Jesus.
Other words that connect to the English idea and derive from the old Greek oida, eido, eidomen, and oidamen are Idaean, Judiean, Judean, Juda, and Judah.
It appears that in the Scripture, eido or oida is used not in the sense of just knowing, but “knowing perfectly or right knowledge.”
What we can call “true spiritual knowledge or Gnosis.”
This was the message of Jesus in the New Testament showing that the path wasn’t just mere knowledge, AKA Gnosis of the Father, but knowledge and love is the path that leads to the Father.”
Like when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees in John 8:55 by differentiating his knowledge (Gnosis) of the Father with theirs by claiming that his is on the order of oida. In John 5:37, Jesus shows that his knowledge of the Father is different than the Pharisees when he says, “you have never heard his voice or seen his form [eidos].”
In other words, they don’t really have “true spiritual knowledge or Gnosis” of the Father because they lacked love. Jesus had true Gnosis and this is why he is called the “εἴδομέν – eidomen” in the Scripture.
As in Luke 9:49 when John says they say the eidomen casting out devils. Luke 9 : 49, “And John answered and said, Master, we saw [εἴδομέν – eidomen] one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. ”
According to the Book of Genesis, Judah was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah, the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Judah and founder of the Kingdom of Judah, the land of Judea. This is where we get the term Jew and as most people know, Jesus was a Jew from the Tribe of Judah or should we just say the “Tribe of Idea?”
It is well known by Christians that Jesus was not only a wandering teacher, he was a master and their Messiah who imparted knowledge (Gnosis) of how to live life to his followers. The facts are that in order to acquire knowledge (Gnosis) and teach it, you must first “formulate ideas” that then become a “vision” which leads to a “plan, design, proposal, or proposition.”
This definition of ideas being the basis of a teacher’s main job describes exactly what Jesus does for his followers so it makes sense that he is from the “Tribe of Idea AKA Judah.”
In the scholastic sense, the ideas of the teacher Jesus became a curriculum for humanity and in the Biblical sense, a theology of religion.
In the philosophy of Platonic thought, the life of Jesus is really an idea which is an eternally existing pattern of which individual things in any class (Religion) are “imperfect copies” – (Christians by Baptism rather than Baptism by True Gnosis).
Most Christians follow Jesus’ ideas of how to live life, but many “sin”, a word that means “miss the mark”. They get the “idea” but do not have the Gnosis for true salvation from their fallen states.
Therefore, they are “imperfect copies” of Jesus or “Platonic Eidos or Idea of Jesus.”
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. A website dedicated to both the ancient and modern teachings of Gnosticism.