Aggadah

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From Aramaic אַגָּדְתָא(ʾaggāḏ'ṯā, tale, lore), from Hebrew הֲגָדָה(haggāḏā).

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Aggadah (plural Aggadahs or Aggadah or Aggadot or Aggadoth)

  1. A homiletic and non-legalistic exegetical text in the classical rabbinic literature of Judaism, particularly as recorded in the Talmud and Midrash. A parable that demonstrates a point of the Law in the Talmud. [from 17th c.]
    • 1725, Edward Chandler, Anthony Collins, “Of the Allegorick or other Methods of citing Scripture, used by the Writers of the New Testament.”, in A defence of Christianity from the prophecies of the Old Testament: wherein are considered all the objections against this kind of proof : advanced in a late discourse of the grounds and reasons of the Christian religion[1], London: James Knapton, page 344:
      They termed them also..Agada in the Chaldee, or..Hagada in the Hebrew form, which are rendered in Philo, by the Greek ...
  2. Obsolete form of Haggadah; the text recited at Seder.
    • 1881, Americus Featherman, “Orthodox Jews of the East and Talmud Jews of Poland”, in Social history of the races of mankind[2], volume 5, London: Trübner & Co., page 158:
      The story of the delivery of Israel from Egyptian bondage is read in Hebrew by the chief of the house from a book called the agada, which is interwoven with hymns of praise and thanksgiving, and it also contains some legendary chapters entirely figurative in their sense and composition.

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