Aggadah

or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah

[ Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh ]
/ Sephardic Hebrew ɑ gɑˈdɑ; Ashkenazic Hebrew əˈgɑ də /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM Aggadah

Ag·gad·ic, ag·gad·ic [uh-gad-ik, uh-gah-dik] /əˈgæd ɪk, əˈgɑ dɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for aggadic

Aggadah
/ (əɡəˈda) /

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
any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah

Word Origin for Aggadah

from Hebrew
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