Telling a Liturgical Tale: Storytelling in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry


Journal Article

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden. This essay explores the role of "story telling" - i.e., the re-narration of a biblical text - in the liturgical context. A specific biblical story (that of Balak in Numbers 22), as retold in a Jewish liturgical poem from Late Antiquity, focuses the study. Other forms of biblical interpretation common in the Late Ancient synagogue, including midrashic homilies and Aramaic translations (targum), highlight the distinctive elements of poetic-liturgical rhetoric. The essay examines how distinctive modes of poetic rhetoric, embedded in the liturgical context, shape a distinctly powerful narrative experience and a unique mode of emotional engagement with the biblical story.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lieber, L

Published Date

  • January 1, 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 66 / 3-4

Start / End Page

  • 209 - 232

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1570-0739

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0044-3441

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1163/15700739-90000128

Citation Source

  • Scopus