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[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah, Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh]
  1. Aggadah.
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or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah

[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh]
  1. the nonlegal or narrative material, as parables, maxims, or anecdotes, in the Talmud and other rabbinical literature, serving either to illustrate the meaning or purpose of the law, custom, or Biblical passage being discussed or to introduce a different, unrelated topic.
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Origin of Aggadah

< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah
Related formsAg·gad·ic, ag·gad·ic [uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of agada

  • This kind of exposition of Scripture had a name, "Agada" or "Hagadah."

    History of the Jews, Vol. II (of 6)

    Heinrich Graetz

  • But, if the Agada is not to be believed in literally, it must be interpreted.

  • Beautiful as the Agada is, and with all its profundity, it lacks breadth.

    Jewish History

    S. M. Dubnow

  • The ascetic literature bears unmistakable traces of having been influenced by the Halaka and the Agada.

  • He was also well versed in philosophy, and composed a work to reconcile the Agada with the philosophical ideas of the time.

British Dictionary definitions for agada


noun plural Aggadoth (-ˈdɔːt, -ˈdəʊt) Judaism
    1. a homiletic passage of the Talmud
    2. collectively, the homiletic part of traditional Jewish literature, as contrasted with Halacha, consisting of elaborations on the biblical narratives or tales from the lives of the ancient Rabbis
  1. any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
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Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah

Word Origin for Aggadah

from Hebrew
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