My old friend Rabbi Jonathan Duker has just published a new book, The Spirits Behind the Law, which profiles the Talmudic sages through the stories told about them in the Talmud and Midrash.
Who is the Messiah?
Jewish sources have not, as a general rule, focused attention on the specific personal qualities of the Messiah.
Merkavah Mysticism in Rabbinic Literature
In the Talmud and midrash, visions of the Divine Throne are achieved by studying the Torah.