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01573--Bar Kochva, Shimon

Bar Kochva, Shimon (d. 135 C.E.). The military leader of the final rebellion against the Romans in the Land of Israel that began in 132. Although Rabbi Akiva believed him to be the messiah, Bar Kochva made no such claim. Bar Kochva based himself in the south of the country, where documents and coins have been unearthed testifying to his reign.

Courtesy: Professor Shai Cherry

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