Who put together the Pesach Hagadah and the seder we have today?

The Mishneh provides some order, but who put together the Hagadah?

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    See here.
    – ezra
    Apr 5, 2017 at 2:40
  • What aspects of it? Everything but yachatz and some of the exact formulations in maggid is straight halakha. Kiddish drinking washing dipping asking answering praising blessing drinking washing blessing eating blessing eating eating eating blessing drinking praising blessing drinking. That's all straight halakha.
    – Double AA
    Apr 5, 2017 at 2:55
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    @DoubleAA It sounds like he's asking about who compiled the various derashos that compile Maggid from the Mishnah and Mechilta. Whatever you mean RCW, can you edit to clarify?
    – DonielF
    Apr 5, 2017 at 4:47
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    @ezra You realize none of those people were part of the Anshei Kneses HaGedolah, right?
    – DonielF
    Apr 5, 2017 at 4:51
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    There is no single author - it grew organically and things were added and subtracted over time. Read "The Origins of the Seder" by Baruch Bokser if you want a more thorough critical examination. Apr 5, 2017 at 4:55

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Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, says that part of it was compiled by the Anshei Knesses Hagedola. The Avudraham says that there were originally two versions one by Rav and Shmuel and one by Abaye and Rava. Rav Amram Gaon wrote some and so did Rav Saadiah Gaon. The Ma Nishtana is from a Mishna in Pesachim. Much of the Haggadah is from the Mishna, Gemara, and Midrashim.

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    If you edit in where R' Kasher and Avudraham wrote these things, how you know the mentioned g'onim wrote parts, and how you know parts are from mishnayos, g'mara, and midrashim, that'd improve your answer quality enormously.
    – msh210
    Apr 6, 2017 at 18:23

If you're talking about the Maggid section, or basically the section of the Haggadah that precedes the meal, refer to this excellent article. It's mainly in Hebrew, and it would defeat the purpose for me to translate it.

In short, much of it comes from the Mishnah, and parts of it from various Siddurim such as Rav AMram Ga'on. Rav Sa'adiah Gaon, and some others. You'll also find a list of sources supporting th econcept of the mitzvah of telling the story of the Exodus.

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