Talmudic studies, investigation the sugya, variant readings and aggada
Heschel's sense of Torah and Jewish doing is informed by rabbinic theology and aggada
, albeit innovative and not necessarily acceptable to guardians of Torah-true Judaism.
The true function of midrash aggada
is to use the biblical text as a means of delivering a message.
Fresh fruit and vintage wine; the ethics and wisdom of the Aggada
The Guide is to the Mishneh Torah as aggada
is to halacha.
No topic under the scrutiny of the rabbis is without this enigmatic dance of law and narrative, halakha and aggada
Furthermore there is a whole vocabulary relating to angels of which we can see the seeds in the biblical texts themselves, and which starts to develop in the Talmud, the Midrash and the Aggada
and expands amazingly in kabbalistic literature, the Zohar, the great classics of Jewish mysticism and the more specialized books of a science that borders, on the practical kabbala and magic.
A critique of Heschel's views of the relations of aggada
and halakha brings the issue into focus.
He who says" Bialik writes, "'I honor nothing but Aggada
[midrash]; he is very much like the man who plucks the blossom, but is heedless of the fruit" (1923, 27).
Limited to the latter six of the twelve minor prophets, the volume deals with the origin and development of TJ from the viewpoint of the historical allusions (chapter two), the Hebrew Vorlage (chapter three), the "additional targums" (chapter six), the aggada
(chapter seven), the relationship of TJ to the Peshitta (chapter eight), and the redaction (chapter ten).
The issue of how the Greek and Latin Fathers actually viewed and evaluated the aggada
as an exegetical resource has been the subject of considerably less discussion.
Here a connection was made with another aggada
based on God's command to Moses to construct for the Tabernacle a menorah out of pure gold.