Imaginative interpretation of the OT, excluding sections concerning the Law. Legends, parables, and anecdotes about historical figures (Abraham, Moses, etc.) proliferate; the purpose is to make the stories come alive for the author's own generation. Something of the method is at work in the books of Chronicles, and it was practised in NT times at Qumran and within the NT by Matthew (in chs. 1 and 2). Evidence that other NT writers were familiar with haggadic material is in Paul's reference to the Law being given by angels rather than directly by God (Gal. 3: 19) and to the legend of Michael the archangel in Jude 9.
Subjects: Biblical Studies.