You Say Periklute, I Say Paraclete: Towards a Reconciliation Between the Bible and the Quran

Document Type : Research Paper


Independent scholar, Lanark, UK



The Quranic statement that Jesus predicted Muhammad by name is examined in light of the expectation of what the “kingdom of God” was. The concept of the kingdom of God as being the light or fire of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is contrasted with the Sufi concept of the “Light of Muhammad.” Pentecost could be the Light of Muhammad coming upon the apostles of Christ; the Light is the same, but known under a different name. However, on the other hand, it is shown that some Jewish Christians could have been looking for an earthly “kingdom of Israel” to be restored. In this case, they would be expecting a human person to bring this about. The name “Muhammad” is then wordplay on the term “Paraclete” via the related Greek word “periklute,” having the same approximate meaning as the name “Muhammad.” In this way, the term “Paraclete” remains unchanged in the Bible, referring to Pentecost, while enabling Jewish Christians to give it a double meaning, because these two Greek words appeared identical when written in Semitic languages before the invention of vowel points. Finally, non-biblical references to Jesus talking about the Paraclete are examined and shown to have some relevance.


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