Here's a phenomenon in the Talmudic methodology that I find difficult to comprehend:

A whole Masechet is dedicated to discussing Halachic aspects of certain Mitzvah but one/a couple of major Scriptual sources are totally neglected.

An example: the only place the Torah itself mentions a Jew (our forefather) making physical Succot is in Ber 33.17 (see this answer), but it is not mentioned in Masechet Succah:

וְיַעֲקֹב נָסַע סֻכֹּתָה וַיִּבֶן לוֹ בָּיִת וּלְמִקְנֵהוּ עָשָׂה סֻכֹּת עַל־כֵּן קָרָא שֵׁם־הַמָּקוֹם סֻכּוֹת׃
But Jacob journeyed on to Succoth, and built a house for himself and made Succot for his cattle; that is why the place was called Succoth.

A lot can be learned from our forefather's behavior but the Sages don't connect it to the topic of Succah (the verse is discussed in other implications).

Why is such behavior?

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    First of all, אין למדין מקודם מתן תורה. Second, what halachos would you expect Chazal to learn from that verse (the more so since it's talking about shelters for animals, not people)? – Meir Sep 9 at 13:55

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