Laura Suzanne Lieber
Professor of Religious Studies
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.
Education & Training:
Ph.D., University of Chicago 2003
M.A., Hebrew Union College 1998
B.A., University of Arkansas at Fayetteville 1994
Lieber, L. S. “Review of Mark Washofsky, Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice.” Journal of Religion, vol. 82, University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 670–71.
Lieber, L. S. “Review of Samuel Balentine, The Torah's Vision of Worship.” Journal of Religion, vol. 82, University of Chicago Press, 2002, pp. 269–70.
Lieber, L. S. “Kissing Cousins: The Relationship of the Mekhilta and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Parashat Mishpatim.” The Journal of the Aramaic Bible, vol. 2, 2000, pp. 89–119.
Lieber, L. S. “Singing the Body Organic: Corruption and Creation in Two Late Ancient Hymns.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers.
Lieber, L. S. “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.
Lieber, L. S. “Theater of the Holy: Jewish Piyyut, Christian Hymnography, and the Rhetoric of the Late Ancient Stage.” Harvard Theological Review, Cambridge University Press (CUP).
Lieber, L. S. “Teaching Jewish Berlin.” Andererseits: Yearbook of Transatlantic German Studies.