Besides that the Messiah must be of Davidic lineage, must he also be the greatest torah scholar of the generation (of Davidic lineage)?


Rambam in Melachim 11:7 says that he will be "הוגה בתורה ועוסק במצוות כדויד אביו", roughly one who learns Torah and does mitzvos like David his father, but does not seem to require him to be the greatest Torah scholar of the generation. In fact in Melachim 11:6 he mentions the fact that Rabbi Akiva thought that Bar Kochba was going to be the Messiah, when we don't have any record of Bar Kochba being the greatest Torah scholar of his generation, and presumably there were other great scholars of Davidic decent alive at the time, such as the descendants of the house of Hillel who served as the Nassi of the Sanhedrin.

  • rabbi akiva was not of davidic descent. i am asking among eligible, will he be the greatest scholar
    – ray
    Apr 28 '14 at 15:42
  • @ray Point well made. I have edited the answer accordingly
    – Jewels
    Apr 28 '14 at 16:08
  • could be bar kochba was the greatest scholar though. not much is known about him maybe because of his failure
    – ray
    Apr 28 '14 at 17:34
  • The mishnaic literature is replete with statements of contemporaries of Bar Kochba. Had he indeed been of their stature we should have statements attributed to him as well. Even if we assume that he was knowledgeable in torah, he surely wasn't a scholar of the level of other scholars of Davidic descent of the time, such as Rabban Gamliel, Rabban Simon ben Gamliel, Rav Yehudah Hanassi or Rav Elazar ben Azarya
    – Jewels
    Apr 29 '14 at 4:06

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