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Laura S. Lieber, Professor of Religious Studies and Classical Studies and Professor of Divinity School and Associate Director of the Graduate Program in Religion and Associate Professor of Germanic Language and Literature and Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Laura S. Lieber
Contact Info:
Office Location:  118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3504
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Teaching (Fall 2019):

  • Housecs 59.14, House course (sp top) Synopsis
    Keohane 4b 401lr, M 06:00 PM-08:00 PM
  • Religion 301d.001, Religion restrictions violence Synopsis
    Westbrook 0012, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 301D.001, ETHICS 303D.001, HISTREL 889.001, JEWISHST 301D.001, POLSCI 303D.001, PUBPOL 313D.001, RELIGION 889.001)
  • Religion 301d.01d, Religion restrictions violence Synopsis
    Gray 319, W 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 301D.01D, ETHICS 303D.01D, HISTREL 889.01D, JEWISHST 301D.01D, POLSCI 303D.01D, PUBPOL 313D.01D, RELIGION 889.01D)
  • Religion 301d.02d, Religion restrictions violence Synopsis
    Gray 094, W 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 301D.02D, ETHICS 303D.02D, HISTREL 889.02D, JEWISHST 301D.02D, POLSCI 303D.02D, PUBPOL 313D.02D, RELIGION 889.02D)
  • Religion 301d.03d, Religion restrictions violence Synopsis
    Gray 319, Th 08:45 AM-09:35 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 301D.03D, ETHICS 303D.03D, HISTREL 889.03D, JEWISHST 301D.03D, POLSCI 303D.03D, PUBPOL 313D.03D, RELIGION 889.03D)
  • Religion 301d.04d, Religion restrictions violence Synopsis
    Gray 094, Th 10:20 AM-11:10 AM
    (also cross-listed as AMES 301D.04D, ETHICS 303D.04D, HISTREL 889.04D, JEWISHST 301D.04D, POLSCI 303D.04D, PUBPOL 313D.04D, RELIGION 889.04D)

Ph.D.University of Chicago2003
M.A.Hebrew Union College1998
B.A.University of Arkansas at 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. "With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry." Harvard Theological Review 111:3 (July, 2018): 401-424. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Lieber, LS. "Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries." Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval 75 (January, 2018): 1-245. [doi]
  3. 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]
  4. Lieber, LS. "On the road with the mater Dolorosa: An exploration of mother-son discourse performance." Journal of Early Christian Studies 24:2 (June, 2016): 265-291. [doi]
  5. Lieber, LS. "Stages of Grief: Enacting Lamentation in Late Ancient Hymnography." Ajs Review 40:1 (April, 2016): 101-124. [doi]  [abs]

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