RABBI  3  Genesis 49:10  - Until he comes to Shiloh.

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Commentaries from ancient Jewish Rabbis who lived righteous lives point to and identify The Man:   the Messiah of Israel.

    Although not Scripture, the writings of various Targums and the Sanhedrin confirm the identity of the Messiah.  Both appearances of  Messiah are clearly identified by ancient rabbinical writings.

    God called one man, the man Abraham, to bring forth a nation.  And He called that nation, Israel, to bring forth The Man:  the Messiah!

Genesis 49:10

   The passage is correctly rendered in the Authorized Version.  There is no preposition "to" in the original which would oblige the reader to render the passage " ...he came to Shiloh".  The rendering given in the Authorized Version is supported by the best and most esteemed Jewish authorities.

    In the Targum of Onkelos, which is the earliest of the Chaldee Versions, the passage is rendered as follows:  "One having dominion shall not depart from Judah, nor a scribe from his children's children forever; (ad d'yethe M'scichah) i.e., until the Messiah comes, whose is the kingdom and Him the nations shall obey."  Onkelos was a pupil of Gamaliel.

    This interpretation is very important, as it furnishes not only the individual opinion of Onkelos, but of the whole Jewish people, who held this targum in almost as great veneration as the Hebrew Scriptures themselves.

    Another Chaldee version of the Pentateuch, the Jerusalem Targum, likewise interprets this passage of the coming Messiah, and renders it:   "Kings shall not fail from the house of Judah, nor skillful teachers of the law from his children's children, until the time that the King Messiah come, and whom the nations shall serve."