June 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm #37551
The Gospel of Barnabas claims that Jesus predicted the advent of Muhammad, thus conforming with the Qur’an which mentions:
And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said: O Children of Israel! I am the apostle of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me, and giving Glad Tidings of a Messenger to come after me, whose name shall be Ahmad. But when he came to them with Clear Signs, they said, this is evident sorcery!
A Muslim scholarly tradition links this Qur’anic passage to the New Testament references to the Paraclete (John 14:16, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7).
The Greek word “paraclete” can be translated as “Counsellor”, and refers to the Holy Spirit, which is mentioned also by name explicitly. Some Muslim scholars, without critical evidence from the Greek, have noted the similarity to the Greek “periklutos” which can be translated as “admirable one”; or in Arabic, “Ahmad”.
The name of “Muhammad” is frequently mentioned verbatim in the Gospel of Barnabas
“Then Jesus said: “I am a voice that cries through all Judea, and cries: ‘Prepare you the way for the messenger of the Lord’, even as it is written in Esaias.” They said: “If you be not the Messiah nor Elijah, or any prophet, wherefore do you preach new doctrine, and make yourself of more account than the Messiah?” Jesus answered: “The miracles which God works by my hands show that I speak that which God wills; nor indeed do I make myself to be accounted as him of whom you speak. For I am not worthy to unloose the ties of the hosen or the ratchets of the shoes of the Messenger of God whom you call ‘Messiah’, who was made before me, and shall come after me, and shall bring the words of truth, so that his faith shall have no end.”
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