Laura Suzanne Lieber

Professor of Religious Studies

External address: 
118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
Phone: 
(919) 660-3510

My primary area of research is in the area of synagogue poetry ("piyyut") from Late Antiquity and the Byzantine period. I examine these works from a variety of perspectives, including literary, performative, and comparative (particularly with early Christian hymnography in Syriac and Greek), and also as a genre of early Jewish biblical interpretation. In recent years, I have begun to integrate the study of material culture into my analysis of these literary works, as part of taking a more fully "contextual" approach to literary analysis. My most recent work approaches late ancient hymnography through the lens of theater studies and performance.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Chicago 2003
  • M.A., Hebrew Union College 1998
  • B.A., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville 1994

Lieber, LS. "Entering the High Holy Days." In Mishkan ha-Nefesh, xvii-xix. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2015. (Chapter)

Lieber, LS. "Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry) (In preparation)." In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2015. (Chapter)

Lieber, LS. "The Poetry of Creation: Zevadiah and Amittai’s Yotzerot le-Hatan (Groom’s Yotzers)." In Recent Developments in Midrash,edited by D Nelson and R Ulmer. Gorgias Press, 2013.

Lieber, LS. "Kedushah." In Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions,edited by L Fried, ND Lewis, and M Satlow. Cambridge UP, 2013.

Lieber, LS. "Jewish Women: Texts and Contexts." In A Companion to Women in the Ancient World, 329-342. February 13, 2012. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "Piyyut." In Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford UP, 2012.

Lieber, LS. "Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry)." In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Blackwell / Oxford UP, 2012.

Lieber, LS. "The Song of Songs." In Cambridge Dictionary of Jewish Religion, History, and Culture,edited by J Baskin, 552-553. Cambridge UP, 2011.

Lieber, LS. "“Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry)"." In The Encyclopedia of Ancient History,edited by G Bohak. Blackwell / Oxford UP, 2011.

Pages

Lieber, LS. "Stages of Grief: Enacting Lamentation in Late Ancient Hymnography." AJS Review 40, no. 01 (April 2016): 101-124. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "On the Road with the Mater Dolorosa: An Exploration of Mother-Son Discourse Performance." Journal of Early Christian Studies 24, no. 2 (2016): 265-291. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "Theater of the Holy: Performative Elements of Late Ancient Hymnography." Harvard Theological Review 108, no. 03 (July 2015): 327-355. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "From the Margins: A Response to ‘Schoeps on Schoeps’." NEXUS: Essays in German Jewish Studies 2 (2015): 33-36.

"Telling a Liturgical Tale: Storytelling in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry." Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 66, no. 3-4 (October 13, 2014): 209-232. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "Setting the Stage: The Theatricality of Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity." Jewish Quarterly Review 104, no. 4 (2014): 537-572. Full Text

Lieber, LS. "The Plot within the Piyyut: Retelling the Story of Balak on the Liturgical Stage." The Journal for Textual Reasoning 8 (2014).

Lieber, LS. "The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature." INTERPRETATION-A JOURNAL OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 66, no. 3 (July 2012): 334-335.

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