So Agada implied much miscellaneous material and included everything not strictly judicial.
This kind of exposition of Scripture had a name, "Agada" or "HAgadah."
The Agada is especially rich in pithy maxims, which bear on everyday life, and have a permanent ethical value.
The reader is often thrown into amazement by the depth of thought and the loftiness of feeling manifested in the Agada.
Sometimes the Agada occupies itself with the exposition of certain Biblical passages, which take the form of homilies.
The first is called Halacha or legal decisions, and the second Agada or moral maxims and legends.
Esau is not the consummate villain that he is so frequently depicted as being in later Jewish Agada.
So in its way the Agada is quite as precious a legacy from the Fathers as the Halacha.
He was also well versed in philosophy, and composed a work to reconcile the Agada with the philosophical ideas of the time.
In another place the Agada quotes a proverb of its own: Never cast a stone into a well out of which thou hast drunk.