Laura S. Lieber
  • Laura S. Lieber

  • Associate Professor of Religious Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • 118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
  • Phone: (919) 660-3510
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Overview

    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.
  • Specialties

    • Judaism
    • Hebrew Bible
  • Research Summary

    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)
  • Areas of Interest

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

      • Ph.D.,
      • University of Chicago,
      • 2003
      • M.A.,
      • Hebrew Union College,
      • 1998
      • B.A.,
      • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville,
      • 1994
  • Recent Publications

      • LS Lieber.
      • "Kedushah."
      • manual
      • Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions.
      • (2015)
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      • LS Lieber.
      • "Stage Mothers: Performing the Matriarchs in Genesis Rabbah and Yannai."
      • manual
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      • Genesis Rabbah Conference Volume.
      • Ed. P Schaefer and M Himmelfarb and S Kattan.
      • de Gruyter,
      • (2015)
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      • LS Lieber.
      • "Jewish Worship."
      • manual
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      • The Dictionary of the Bible in Ancient Media.
      • Ed. E Stern and R Person and C Keith and T Thatcher.
      • T&T Clark,
      • (2015)
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      • LS Lieber.
      • "From Payyetan to Troubadour: Traces of Early Piyyut in Medieval Lyric Poetry."
      • manual
      • (2015)
      • .
      • LS Lieber.
      • "Singing the Body Organic: Corruption and Creation in Two Late Ancient Hymns."
      • Dumbarton Oaks Papers
      • (2015)
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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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