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Laura S. Lieber, Professor

Laura S. Lieber
Contact Info:
Office Location:  118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3504
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Teaching (Fall 2022):

  • Clst 210.01, The good life Synopsis
    Lsrc b101, TuTh 01:45 PM-03:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as ETHICS 210.01, PHIL 214.01, PUBPOL 229.01, RELIGION 210.01)

Ph.D.The University of Chicago2003
M.A.Hebrew Union College1998
B.A.University of Arkansas, Fayetteville1994

Hebrew Bible
Research Interests: History of Biblical Interpretation; Rabbinics; Early and Medieval Synagogue

Current projects: Songs from the Western Shore (volume on Aramaic poetry), The Liturgical Stage (ancient hymnography through lens of theater)

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.

Curriculum Vitae
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Lieber, LS. ""On This Day, We Are Perfect": Embodiment in Yannai's Yom Kippur Qerova." Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 30:1 (January, 2022): 37-69. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Lieber, LS. "Call and response: Antiphonal elements in jewish palestinian aramaic poetry." Aramaic Studies 17:2 (January, 2019): 127-144. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Lieber, LS. "With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry." Harvard Theological Review 111:3 (July, 2018): 401-424. [doi]  [abs]
  4. Lieber, LS. "Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries." Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval 75 (January, 2018): 1-245. [doi]
  5. Lieber, LS. "Daru in the winehouse: The intersection of status and dance in the Jewish east." Journal of Religion 98:1 (January, 2018): 90-113. [doi]

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