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Among the failed potential Messiah's was Bar Kochba who was backed by Rabbi Akiva.

What do we know about him? Was he a disciple of Beit Hillel or Beit Shamai or someone else for example?

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Are you also looking for academic sources, or just traditional? –  Shmuel Apr 28 at 19:35
    
preferably from chazal –  ray Apr 28 at 19:41
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Regarding identifying individuals as from Beis Hillel or Beis Shamai, see this question. –  Fred Apr 29 at 19:59

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The most extensive discussion of Bar Kochba in Chazal is in Eicha Rabbasi 2:4.

He is also mentioned in Sanhedrin 93b

Your specific question - was he a disciple of Beit Hillel or Beit Shamai - is not dealt with in those sources, though I believe that those academies no longer existed at the time of the rebellion.

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