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Laura S. Lieber, Professor of Religious Studies and Classical Studies and Professor of Divinity School and Professor of Germanic Languages 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 2021):

  • Housecs 59.17, House course (sp top) Synopsis
    Keohane 4b 402 sem, M 07:00 PM-09:30 PM
  • Religion 999.02, Special readings Synopsis
    Tba, W 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
Teaching (Spring 2022):

  • Religion 310s.01, Literary translation Synopsis
    Gray 220, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
  • Religion 791s.01, Literary translation Synopsis
    Gray 220, TuTh 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

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. "Call and response: Antiphonal elements in jewish palestinian aramaic poetry." Aramaic Studies 17:2 (January, 2019): 127-144. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Lieber, LS. "With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry." Harvard Theological Review 111:3 (July, 2018): 401-424. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Lieber, LS. "Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries." Etudes Sur Le Judaisme Medieval 75 (January, 2018): 1-245. [doi]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]

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