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Haggadah (Heb. for “story”) is the narrative form of Jewish rabbinic literature. It embraces all the forms and themes that do not count as Halakah, or legal texts. Small forms of Haggadah are the parable, the exemplary tale, the case, exegesis (insofar as it does not serve Halakic purposes), the legend, the sermon, and biographical, ethical, and historical notes. Larger forms are commentaries (Midrash) on the biblical books, which most clearly demonstrate the tendency of Haggadah to relate Israel’s salvation history to the given present. There is thus a distinction betwee…

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Wewers, Gerd A., “Haggadah”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H4>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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