Laura Suzanne Lieber
Associate Professor in the Department of Germanic Language and Literature
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.
- Ph.D. 2003, University of Chicago
- M.A. 1998, Hebrew Union College
- B.A. 1994, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Lieber, LS. Songs from the Western Shore: Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity (Accepted). Cambridge: Brill, 2016.
Lieber, LS. The Vocabulary of Desire: The Song of Songs in the Early Synagogue. Leiden: Brill, July 18, 2014.
Lieber, LS. Yannai on Genesis: An Invitation to Piyyut. Hebrew Union College Press, 2010.
Green, DA, and Lieber, LS. Scriptural exegesis: The shapes of culture and the religious imagination essays in honour of Michael Fishbane. May 1, 2009. Full Text
Lieber, LS. Study Guide to the JPS Bible Commentary: Haftarot. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2002.
Lieber, LS. "Entering the High Holy Days." Mishkan ha-Nefesh. New York: Central Conference of American Rabbis, 2015. xvii-xix. (Chapter)
Lieber, LS. "Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry) (In preparation)." The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford: Blackwell, 2015. (Chapter)
Lieber, LS. "The Piyyutim le-Hatan of Qallir and Amittai - Jewish Marriage Customs in Early Byzantium." 2014. 275-299.
Lieber, LS. "The Poetry of Creation: Zevadiah and Amittai’s Yotzerot le-Hatan (Groom’s Yotzers)." Recent Developments in Midrash. Ed. D Nelson and R Ulmer. Gorgias Press, 2013.
Lieber, LS. "Kedushah." Cambridge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions. Ed. L Fried, ND Lewis, and M Satlow. Cambridge UP, 2013.
Lieber, LS. "Piyyut." Oxford Bibliographies Online. Oxford UP, 2012.
Lieber, LS. "Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry)." The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Blackwell / Oxford UP, 2012.
Lieber, LS. "“Piyyut (Jewish Liturgical and Secular Poetry)"." The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Ed. G Bohak. Blackwell / Oxford UP, 2011.
Lieber, LS. "“Dew of Rest: The World of Nature in Qallir’s Gevurot shel Tal"." Menachem Schmelzer Festschrift. Ed. D Blank. Brill, 2011. 167-183.
Lieber, LS. "Stages of Grief: Enacting Lamentation in Late Ancient Hymnography." AJS Review 40.01 (April 2016): 101-124. Full Text
Lieber, LS. "On the Road with the Mater Dolorosa: An Exploration of Mother-Son Discourse Performance." Journal of Early Christian Studies 24.2 (2016): 265-291. Full Text
Lieber, LS. "Theater of the Holy: Performative Elements of Late Ancient Hymnography." Harvard Theological Review 108.03 (July 2015): 327-355. Full Text
Lieber, LS. "From the Margins: A Response to ‘Schoeps on Schoeps’." NEXUS: Essays in German Jewish Studies 2 (2015): 33-36.
"Telling a Liturgical Tale: Storytelling in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry." Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte 66.3-4 (October 13, 2014): 209-232. Full Text
Lieber, LS. "Setting the Stage: The Theatricality of Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity." Jewish Quarterly Review 104.4 (2014): 537-572. Full Text
Lieber, LS. "The Plot within the Piyyut: Retelling the Story of Balak on the Liturgical Stage." The Journal for Textual Reasoning 8 (2014).
Lieber, LS. "The Play’s the Thing: The Theatricality of Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity." Jewish Quarterly Review (2013).
Lieber, LS. "The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature." INTERPRETATION-A JOURNAL OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY 66.3 (July 2012): 334-335.
Lieber, LS. "Review of Deborah Green, The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature." Interpretation 66 (2012): 334-335. (Review)