Could you help me with a point of early Jewish thought? Many people are aware of the idea that there were two comings of the Messiah. One from the line of David and one from the line of Joseph. I have heard that some early Jewish teachers actually saw this not as two comings of two Messiahs, but two comings of one Messiah. Do you know of any references which would verify/invalidate this?
The need to square the suffering, rejected and executed Messiah with the supernaturally endowed victorious hero of alternate Messianic texts led to a near monolithic consensus among the rabbis [...]