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Theology of Judaism—Halakhah and Aggadah
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The normative law, or Halakhah, of the Oral Torah defines the principal medium by which the Rabbinic sages of antiquity founded set forth their message. Norms of conduct, more than norms of conviction, served to convey the sages' statement. But the exposition of matters of religious belief, or Aggadah, undertakes a critical task as well, so that the Hal…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Theology of Judaism—Halakhah and Aggadah”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 07 July 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0184>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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