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Laura S. Lieber, Visiting Professor

Laura S. Lieber
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Office Location:  118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3504
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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. "Aesthetic Convention and Ritual Creativity in Late Antique Piyyut." Prooftexts 40:1 (January, 2023): 12-58. [doi]  [abs]
  2. 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]
  3. Lieber, LS. "Sukkot in the Garden of Eden: Liturgy, Christianity, and the Bronze Bird on Mount Gerizim." The Samaritans: A Biblical People. January, 2022, 94-101. [doi]
  4. Lieber, LS. "Feasting, Fasting, and the Bounty of the Land: Rituals of Sukkot in Samaritan and Rabbinic Antiquity." Brill Reference Library of Judaism. January, 2022, 137-158. [doi]
  5. Lieber, LS. "No translation needed: Hebrew in two Samaritan aramaic hymns." The Poet and the World: Festschrift for Wout van Bekkum on the Occasion of His Sixty-fifth Birthday. July, 2019, 161-182. [doi]

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