Laura Suzanne Lieber
Professor of Religious Studies
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.
- Ph.D., The University of Chicago 2003
- M.A., Hebrew Union College 1998
- B.A., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville 1994
Lieber, L. S. “Review of Samuel Balentine, The Torah's Vision of Worship.” Journal of Religion 82 (2002): 269–70.
Lieber, L. S. “Review of Mark Washofsky, Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice.” Journal of Religion 82 (2002): 670–71.
Lieber, L. S. “Kissing Cousins: The Relationship of the Mekhilta and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Parashat Mishpatim.” The Journal of the Aramaic Bible 2 (2000): 89–119.
Lieber, L. S. “Review of Steven Fine, Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology, 2nd ed.” Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture, n.d.
Lieber, L. S. “Theater of the Holy: Jewish Piyyut, Christian Hymnography, and the Rhetoric of the Late Ancient Stage.” Harvard Theological Review, n.d.
Lieber, L. S. “Teaching Jewish Berlin.” Andererseits: Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies, n.d.
Lieber, L. S. “Singing the Body Organic: Corruption and Creation in Two Late Ancient Hymns.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers, n.d.
Lieber, L. S. “From Payyetan to Troubadour: Traces of Early Piyyut in Medieval Lyric Poetry,” n.d.