Endnote 27, Chap. 1; p. 35 of Andrew G. Bannister's An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur'an (Lexington Books, 24 Apr. 2014) cites a 1965 essay by a John Bowman who noted (i) OT figures who appear in the Diatesseron appear in the Qu'ran, and (ii) similarities in spelling -
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- Combining historical, linguistic, and statistical analysis, much of it made possible for the first time due to new computerized tools developed specifically for this book, Bannister argues that the implications of orality have long been overlooked in studies of the Qur’an. By relocating the Islamic scripture firmly back into an oral context, one gains both a fresh appreciation of the Qur’an on its own terms, as well as a fresh understanding of how Muhammad used early religious traditions, retelling old tales afresh for a new audience.