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Research Interests for Laura S. Lieber

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

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.

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

Byzantine Liturgical Poetry
Jewish Culture in Late Antiquity
Jewish Liturgy (history of)
Rabbinic Literature
History of Biblical Interpretation
Medieval Judaism

Recent Publications
  1. Lieber, LS, With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry, Harvard Theological Review, vol. 111 no. 3 (July, 2018), pp. 401-424, Cambridge University Press (CUP) [doi[abs]
  2. Lieber, LS, Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries, Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval, vol. 75 (January, 2018), pp. 1-245, BRILL [doi]
  3. Lieber, LS, Daru in the winehouse: The intersection of status and dance in the Jewish east, Journal of Religion, vol. 98 no. 1 (January, 2018), pp. 90-113, University of Chicago Press [doi]
  4. Lieber, LS, On the road with the mater Dolorosa: An exploration of mother-son discourse performance, Journal of Early Christian Studies, vol. 24 no. 2 (June, 2016), pp. 265-291, Johns Hopkins University Press [doi]
  5. Lieber, LS, Stages of Grief: Enacting Lamentation in Late Ancient Hymnography, Ajs Review, vol. 40 no. 1 (April, 2016), pp. 101-124 [doi[abs]

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