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Laura Suzanne Lieber

Visiting Professor of Religious Studies
Religious Studies
Box 90964, Durham, NC 27708-0964
118B Gray Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


Aesthetic Convention and Ritual Creativity in Late Antique Piyyut

Journal Article Prooftexts - Journal of Jewish Literature History · January 1, 2023 In this article, I will examine how liturgical poets creatively reworked biblical quotations and allusions in service of their own poetic and liturgical ambitions through analysis of a late antique composition attributed to Eleazar Haqallir (Qallir) (late ... Full text Cite

Staging the Sacred: Theatricality and Performance in Late Ancient Liturgical Poetry

Book · January 1, 2023 Staging the Sacred examines the importance of Christian, Jewish, and Samaritan liturgical poetry from Late Antiquity through the lenses of performance, entertainment, and spectacle. Laura Lieber proposes an account of hymnody as a performative and theatric ... Full text Cite

Power and Praxis: Writing and Performance in Megillat Ahimaatz

Journal Article Hebrew Studies · January 1, 2023 In this essay, the text of Megillat Ahimaatz offers a window into compositional conventions, particularly around liturgy, as well as understandings of writing at a pivotal moment, and in a pivotal location: southern Italy (Apulia) in during the 9th–11th ce ... Full text Cite

SYMPOSIUM READING, WRITING, AND RITUAL: JEWISH BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS IN LATE ANTIQUITY INTRODUCTION

Conference Hebrew Studies · January 1, 2023 First, a prologue: The five essays assembled in this symposium were shared, in a preliminary fashion, as part of a panel at the 2022 Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting in Boston organized by Monika Amsler on the theme of, "How Scrolls, Tablets, ... Full text Cite

"On This Day, We Are Perfect": Embodiment in Yannai's Yom Kippur Qerova

Journal Article Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy · January 1, 2022 This article analyzes two poetic units within a much longer composition (translated in full here) composed by Yannai (6th c. CE, Galilee) for recitation on Yom Kippur. Specifically, it offers readings of Unit 8, which prefaces the third blessing of the Ami ... Full text Cite

Call and response: Antiphonal elements in jewish palestinian aramaic poetry

Journal Article Aramaic Studies · January 1, 2019 In this essay, the varieties of refrain structures used in the body of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic poetry from late antiquity provide a laboratory for examining the intersection of acclamation structures and piyyutim. The fact that these poems were written ... Full text Cite

With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry

Journal Article Harvard Theological Review · July 1, 2018 In this essay, the Rosh Hashanah Shofar service poems by the Jewish poet Yose ben Yose (fourth or fifth century CE, Land of Israel) are read through the lens of the Late Antique practice of acclamation. Yose's surviving body of works is limited, but he was ... Full text Cite

Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries

Journal Article Etudes sur le Judaisme Medieval · January 1, 2018 Full text Cite

Worship, ancient Jewish

Chapter · October 19, 2017 Cite

On the road with the mater Dolorosa: An exploration of mother-son discourse performance

Journal Article Journal of Early Christian Studies · June 1, 2016 Full text Cite

Forever let it be said

Journal Article Journal of Ancient Judaism · January 1, 2016 In this article, an exploration of the performative phenomenon labeled here as “multiauthorial vocality” will serve to highlight both the richness of the Samaritan poetic tradition on its own terms and to suggest significant future directions for comparati ... Full text Cite

From the Margins: A Response to ‘Schoeps on Schoeps’

Journal Article NEXUS: Essays in German Jewish Studies · 2015 Cite

Theater of the Holy: Performative Elements of Late Ancient Hymnography

Journal Article Harvard Theological Review · January 1, 2015 A script is merely an artifact until a performer brings it to life; a text is a starting point, despite the fact that its finality suggests a destination. With works that were meant to be performed in some fashion (however generously understood performance ... Full text Cite

Aesthetic Convention and Ritual Creativity in Late Antique Piyyut

Journal Article Prooftexts - Journal of Jewish Literature History · January 1, 2023 In this article, I will examine how liturgical poets creatively reworked biblical quotations and allusions in service of their own poetic and liturgical ambitions through analysis of a late antique composition attributed to Eleazar Haqallir (Qallir) (late ... Full text Cite

Staging the Sacred: Theatricality and Performance in Late Ancient Liturgical Poetry

Book · January 1, 2023 Staging the Sacred examines the importance of Christian, Jewish, and Samaritan liturgical poetry from Late Antiquity through the lenses of performance, entertainment, and spectacle. Laura Lieber proposes an account of hymnody as a performative and theatric ... Full text Cite

Power and Praxis: Writing and Performance in Megillat Ahimaatz

Journal Article Hebrew Studies · January 1, 2023 In this essay, the text of Megillat Ahimaatz offers a window into compositional conventions, particularly around liturgy, as well as understandings of writing at a pivotal moment, and in a pivotal location: southern Italy (Apulia) in during the 9th–11th ce ... Full text Cite

SYMPOSIUM READING, WRITING, AND RITUAL: JEWISH BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS IN LATE ANTIQUITY INTRODUCTION

Conference Hebrew Studies · January 1, 2023 First, a prologue: The five essays assembled in this symposium were shared, in a preliminary fashion, as part of a panel at the 2022 Association for Jewish Studies annual meeting in Boston organized by Monika Amsler on the theme of, "How Scrolls, Tablets, ... Full text Cite

"On This Day, We Are Perfect": Embodiment in Yannai's Yom Kippur Qerova

Journal Article Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy · January 1, 2022 This article analyzes two poetic units within a much longer composition (translated in full here) composed by Yannai (6th c. CE, Galilee) for recitation on Yom Kippur. Specifically, it offers readings of Unit 8, which prefaces the third blessing of the Ami ... Full text Cite

Call and response: Antiphonal elements in jewish palestinian aramaic poetry

Journal Article Aramaic Studies · January 1, 2019 In this essay, the varieties of refrain structures used in the body of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic poetry from late antiquity provide a laboratory for examining the intersection of acclamation structures and piyyutim. The fact that these poems were written ... Full text Cite

With One Voice: Elements of Acclamation in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry

Journal Article Harvard Theological Review · July 1, 2018 In this essay, the Rosh Hashanah Shofar service poems by the Jewish poet Yose ben Yose (fourth or fifth century CE, Land of Israel) are read through the lens of the Late Antique practice of acclamation. Yose's surviving body of works is limited, but he was ... Full text Cite

Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity: Translations and commentaries

Journal Article Etudes sur le Judaisme Medieval · January 1, 2018 Full text Cite

Worship, ancient Jewish

Chapter · October 19, 2017 Cite

On the road with the mater Dolorosa: An exploration of mother-son discourse performance

Journal Article Journal of Early Christian Studies · June 1, 2016 Full text Cite

Forever let it be said

Journal Article Journal of Ancient Judaism · January 1, 2016 In this article, an exploration of the performative phenomenon labeled here as “multiauthorial vocality” will serve to highlight both the richness of the Samaritan poetic tradition on its own terms and to suggest significant future directions for comparati ... Full text Cite

From the Margins: A Response to ‘Schoeps on Schoeps’

Journal Article NEXUS: Essays in German Jewish Studies · 2015 Cite

Theater of the Holy: Performative Elements of Late Ancient Hymnography

Journal Article Harvard Theological Review · January 1, 2015 A script is merely an artifact until a performer brings it to life; a text is a starting point, despite the fact that its finality suggests a destination. With works that were meant to be performed in some fashion (however generously understood performance ... Full text Cite

Setting the stage: The theatricality of Jewish Aramaic poetry from late antiquity

Journal Article Jewish Quarterly Review · September 1, 2014 Full text Cite

Kedushah

Chapter · 2013 Cite

Jewish Women: Texts and Contexts

Chapter · February 13, 2012 Full text Cite

Piyyut

Chapter · 2012 Cite

The Aroma of Righteousness: Scent and Seduction in Rabbinic Life and Literature

Journal Article INTERPRETATION-A JOURNAL OF BIBLE AND THEOLOGY · 2012 Cite

Jewish Women

Chapter · 2011 Cite

Piyyut

Chapter · 2011 Cite

The Song of Songs

Chapter · 2011 Cite

Essays on Michael Fishbane, Sacred Attunement: A Jewish Theology

Journal Article The CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly · 2011 Cite

Themes and Variations: Yannai on Exod. 3:1 and Deut. 6:4

Journal Article Prooftexts · 2011 Piyyutim–Hebrew liturgical poems–represent the rebirth of the epic impulse in Hebrew writing. These poems, often well over two hundred lines in length, are typically composed of multiple individual units: some highly patterned works, dense with acrostics a ... Cite

Themes and variations: Yannai on exodus 3:1 and Deuteronomy 6:4

Journal Article Prooftexts - Journal of Jewish Literature History · December 1, 2010 Piyyutim-Hebrew liturgical poems-are, with increasing frequency, being recognized as important sources for understanding Jewish culture in Late Antiquity and the history of Jewish biblical interpretation. The length of these poems, however, has meant that ... Full text Cite

Scriptural exegesis: The shapes of culture and the religious imagination essays in honour of Michael Fishbane

Book · May 1, 2009 This book gathers voices from an international community of scholars to consider the many facets of the history of biblical interpretation and to question how exegesis shapes spiritual and cultural creativity. Divided into four broadly chronological sectio ... Full text Cite

Introduction

Journal Article Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane · May 1, 2009 This introductory chapter begins with a discussion of the academic career of Michael Fishbane. Since his first teaching post at Brandeis University in 1969, Fishbane has been shaping the understanding of Jewish texts and traditions at the undergraduate and ... Full text Cite

Portraits of Righteousness: Noah in Early Christian and Jewish Hymnography

Journal Article Zeitschrift fuer Religions- und Geistegeschichte · 2009 The transformation of Noah into a Christian ideal in the writings of Aphrahat and Ephrem (4th century), with the resulting denigration of Noah in much rabbinic exegesis, is well documented. The purpose of this essay is to examine the characterization of No ... Cite

The Exegesis of Love: Text and Context in the Early Synagogue

Journal Article Review of Rabbinic Literature · 2008 Cite

The Generation that Built the Tower: Yannai on Genesis 11

Journal Article Review of Rabbinic Judaism · 2005 Cite

Piyyut

Chapter · 2005 Cite

Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice. Mark Washofsky

Journal Article The Journal of Religion · October 2002 Full text Cite

Review of Samuel Balentine, The Torah's Vision of Worship

Journal Article Journal of Religion · 2002 Cite

Telling a Liturgical Tale: Storytelling in Early Jewish Liturgical Poetry

Journal Article Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte Cite

Teaching Jewish Berlin

Journal Article Andererseits: Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies Cite

Kedushah

Chapter Cite