This is an interesting and insightful discussion by a Christian theologian about Biblical references to Muhammad (peace be upon him). While I am not a fan of using the Bible to prove that Muhammad (peace be upon him) was a true prophet (there are other ways to do that; see the first link below under “Further Reading” for examples of Muhammad’s fulfilled prophecies), I find Ian Mevorach’s attempt to link the prophecy of the “Spirit of Truth” and “parakletos” to Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be a welcome development, not least because he is a Christians scholar. In Mevorach’s words:
“There is no better candidate than Muhammad, no one in fact that comes even close, in terms of fulfilling Jesus’s promise of the Spirit of Truth who would bring forth a new revelation from God.”
He also makes an interesting observation regarding Surah 61:6 (in which Jesus prophesied the coming of “Ahmad”):
“Ahmad, which is another name for Muhammad, is very close etymologically to the Greek word, parakletos, so it is likely that the Qur’an is claiming that Jesus’ farewell discourse in the Gospel of John predicts Muhammad.”
Of course, as I discussed in a response to the Catholic apologist Allan Ruhl, even if we don’t apply any known passage from the Bible to Surah 61:6, it is a historical fact that the Jews were waiting for a prophet to come who was NOT the Messiah. Nevertheless, Mevorach’s observation is quite telling. He does make a very good case that the “parakletos” was Muhammad (peace be upon him). It is also interesting that both the promise of the “prophet” and “parekletos” are only found in the Gospel of “John”, and not the other gospels. Perhaps this is due to “John” relying on oral traditions which were unknown to the other gospel writers. We have already seen that “Matthew” was most likely relying on an oral tradition when he appealed to the “Nazarene” prophecy, so it is not outside the realm of possibility that “John” was doing the same.