(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr.

(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr.

Professor of Hebrew Scriptures and Africana Studies Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean — First Year of Studies
Biblical Studies/Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity


B.A., Hampton Institute, 1977

M.Div., General Theological Seminary, 1980

S.T.M., General Theological Seminary, 1983

M.A., Harvard University, 1988

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1990

Research and Teaching Interests

(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr. is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies. He also serves as Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean of the First Year of Studies. He holds a BA degree with a major in History from Hampton University; MDiv and STM degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a DMin in Applied Ministries from the Graduate Theological Foundation (Mishawaka, IN); and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.  His particular research interests are in early Hebrew poetry; theories of myth; Africana biblical interpretation; poetry as medium for theological expression; the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in identity construction within the Black community; and the role of mysticism and esotericism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities. 

His sole-authored works include Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse (Fortress, 2013); Exodus (Bible Reading Fellowship - Peoples Bible Commentary Series, 2006); and The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature (Brill, 1996). He is also general editor of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Augsburg Fortress, 2010); one of the co-editors for both the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014) and Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … (Brill, 2014); and editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (Mellen Biblical Press, 1996).



Recent Publications

Ed. with 2014. Gale A. Yee and Matthew Coomber. Fortress Commentary on Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Minneapolis: Fortress.
2013. Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Readings of Early Hebrew Verse. Minneapolis: Fortress.
Ed. 2010. The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, with associate eds. R. Bailey, V. Bridgeman, S. Davis, C. Kirk – Duggan,
M. Masenya, S. Murrell, and R. Sadler. Minneapolis: Fortress. 
2006. Exodus. Peoples Bible Commentary Series. Oxford, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship. 
Ed. 2005. Foundation Theology 2005: Student Essays for Ministry Professionals. Mishawaka, IN: Graduate Theological Foundation. 
1996. The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature. Supplements to Vetus Testamentum, 65. Leiden: E. J. Brill. 
Ed. 1996. Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies. Macon, GA: Mellen Biblical Press.

Book Chapters:

2014. “Myth and Social Realia in Ancient Israel: Early Hebrew Poems as Folkloric Assemblage,” in Myth and Scripture: Contemporary Perspectives on Religion, Language and Imagination, Dexter Callender (ed.). Resources for Biblical Studies Series. Atlanta, GA: SBL Press.

 2011. “Core Texts, Introspection, and the Recovery of the Renaissance Ideal in 21st Century Higher Education,” in Who Are We? Old, New, and Timeless Answers from Core Texts, edited by Robert D. Anderson, Molly B. Flynn, and J. Scott Lee (University Press of America): 191 – 201

2011 “Terra Esoterica: An Africana Constructive Spirituality of Nature,” in This Sacred Earth: Scientific and Religious Perspectives on Nature and Humanity's Place Within It, Paul Kirbas (ed.). Lima, OH: Wyndham Hall Press.

2011 “Sirach,” Co-translator (Benjamin Wright – Lead Translator) for Common English Bible (Abingdon). For an explanation of the roles and process involved in the production of the translation, see: http://www.commonenglishbible.com/Explore/AbouttheCEB/Translators/tabid/207/Default.aspx 1

2011. “Sea, Storm, Tragedy, and Ethnogenesis: Living the Blues and (Re) Building Community in Post- Katrina America and Early Israel,” in A Teacher for All Generations: Essays in Honor of James C. VanderKam, Vol. 1. E. F. Mason (gen. ed.), S. I. Thomas, A. Schofield, and E. Ulrich (eds.). Leiden: Brill: 37 – 47.

2010. “Preface” (co-authored), “The Africana Bible: A Rationale,” “Early Hebrew Poetry and Ancient Pre-Biblical Sources,” “The Poetics of Daily Life and Made Things: A Gallery of Images from Ancient Israel and the Africana World,” “Blue Repertory” (painting), “Faith Tonic” (photo), “Moses Sculpture and Candle” (photo), “Prayer of Manasseh,” “1 Enoch,” and “Notes from a Station Stop: An Editorial Postscript,” in The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. Minneapolis: Fortress: xxv – xxix, 3-10, 61 – 69, Gallery, 316 – 318, 328 – 330, 337 – 340.


An Episcopal priest, poet, musician, photographer, martial artist, and certified tennis professional, he strives to live according to the Renaissance Ideal of broad learning and full engagement in life


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