The Central Theorem of Christianity is that Jesus rose from the dead, thereby proving that he was a god and could do anything. Presumably, he could then grant eternal life to those he deemed worthy. As I do not believe that, I guess I am not a Christian.
From what I have seen of late in the US, the collapse of Christianity would be a cause for celebration, a chance for reason to replace supersticion.
Bar Kochba was the one who reconvened it. He was in Israel, too. As I understand the situation, this lasted only two or three years, during which time Rome was gathering something like twelve legions from across the Empire to deal a final blow to their rebellious province.
Unless, of course, that is the story of Carabbas that Mark attributes to Jesus. It is easy to see how this could happen and the verses in Mark appear to be added later, an afterthought.
I am in no position to judge Akiva ben Jospeh's motivations. He has been dead far too long and the records that survive do not mention them. Your statement is an assumption and is not backed up by anything. You may be right, but then again, you may be wrong. I don't believe this issue can be resolved.
Now, I am persuaded that you are not a Christian. Sorry for having misjudged your faith. A Christian would never conclude that Jesus was a god on the belief that he had resurrected. Why? Because Lazarus was resurrected by Jesus himself and that was no proof that Lazarus was a god. (Luke 11:14,43) Then, when Jesus died on the cross, many bodies of saints who had fallen asleep were raised, according to Mat. 27:53 and this is no proof that they were gods. If this is the central theorem of Christianity, any one can see how wrong the whole system is.
IMHO, I don't find obvious that Bar Kochba had the power to reinstitute the Sanhedrin. He was a rustic soldier, albeit the commander-in-arms. Only members of the Sanhedrin could do that job with the approval of Rome, that is. And my statement about Akiva is indeed an assumption but based on the caliber of the man Akiva was. He simply used his learning and authority to implement the war against Rome, by acclaiming Bar Kochba the Messiah.
Edited by Ben Masada, 30 July 2012 - 05:27 PM.