Laura S Lieber
  • Laura S Lieber

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Assistant Director of Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for Late Ancient Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • 230D Gray Building
  • Phone: (919) 660-3513
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Specialties

    • Judaism
    • Hebrew Bible
  • Research Summary

    History of Biblical Interpretation; Rabbinics; Early and Medieval Synagogue
  • Research Description

    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

      • L. S. Lieber.
      • "“The Piyyutim le-Hatan of Qallir and Amittai: Jewish Marriage Customs in Early Byzantium"."
      • Talmuda de-Eretz Yisrael: Archaeology and the Rabbis in Late Ancient Palestine.
      • Ed. Steven Fine.
      • DeGruyter,
      • Accepted, 2013.
      • L. S. Lieber.
      • "The Poetry of Creation: Zevadiah and Amittai's Yotzerot le-Hatan (Groom's Yotzers)."
      • Recent Developments in Midrash.
      • Ed. David Nelson and Rikva Ulmer.
      • Gorgias Press,
      • Accepted, 2013.
      • L. S. Lieber.
      • "Review of Steven Fine, Art and Judaism in the Greco-Roman World: Toward a New Jewish Archaeology, 2nd ed.."
      • IMAGES: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture
      • (2013)
      • .
      • L. S. Lieber.
      • "Kedushah."
      • Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions.
      • Ed. Lisbeth Fried, Nicola Denzy Lewis, Michael Satlow.
      • Cambridge UP,
      • 2013.
      • L. S. Lieber.
      • ""The Play's the Thing: The Theatricality of Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity."
      • Jewish Quarterly Review
      • (Accepted, 2013)
      • .
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  • Hymn
  • Beth Alpha, Synagogue Mosaic, Ark
  • Roman Mosaic, Galilee
  • Kuden
  • Israel western wall
  • prayer tablet meiji shrine tokyo
  • a 139ac
  • Brazil
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