I am currently reading from the book, “Jewish People, Jewish Thought” , specifically, the chapter on “Rabbinic Judaism, Second to Seventh Centuries.” There is a part that states:
“Only a few passages in the Talmudic and midrashic literature touch on the role and person of the Messiah. We find no trace in rabbinic writings of the Essene belief in a priestly Messiah and a royal messiah, but mention is made of a “Messiah ben Joseph’ who will appear first and be slain (perhaps originally an allusion to Bar Kokhba), followed by a “Messiah ben David” who would rule victoriously.”
I found this to be interesting, but, the author, however, doesn't give any reference for this. Is there anything more in depth about this that you know of?