Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late AntiquityCross-file under Aramaic Watch. I noted the author's 2014 book, The Vocabulary of Desire, on the Song of Songs, here and links.
Translations and Commentaries. Cambridge Genizah Studies Series Volume 8
Series: Études sur le judaïsme médiéval, Volume: 75
Author: Laura Suzanne Lieber
In Jewish Aramaic Poetry from Late Antiquity, Laura Suzanne Lieber offers annotated translations of sixty-nine poems written between the 4th and 7th century C.E. in the Land of Israel, along with commentaries and introductions. The poems celebrate a range of occasions from the ritual year and the life-cycle: Passover, Shavuot (Pentacost), the Ninth of Av, Purim, the New Moon of Nisan, the conclusion of the Torah, weddings, and funerals.
Written in the vernacular of the Jews of living in Palestine after the Christianization of the Roman Empire, these works offer insight into lived Jewish experience during a pivotal age. The volume contextualizes the individual works so that readers from a range of backgrounds can appreciate the formal, linguistic, exegetical, theological, and performative creativity of these works.
Publication Date: 19 April 2018
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