(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr, DMin, PhD
Dean, First Year of Studies
Walter Associate Professor of Theology
Associate Professor of Africana Studies
(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr., is Dean of the First Year of Studies and Associate Professor of Theology and Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a B.A. degree with a major in History from Hampton University; M.Div. and S.T.M. degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a D.Min. from the Graduate Theological Foundation; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His particular research interests are in early Hebrew poetry; the cultural content of ancient epic; theories of myth; Africana biblical interpretation; poetry as medium for theological expression; the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Black community; and the role of mysticism and esoterism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities.
An Episcopal priest, poet, musician, photographer, martial artist, and certified tennis professional, he also studies the ways in which Renaissance paradigms for continuing education that are non-traditional, integrative, and holistic can be utilized by clergy and others to promote personal health (e.g., spiritual, intellectual, and physical) and productivity. His published works include The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (as general editor, Augsburg Fortress) Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (as editor, Mellen Biblical Press); The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature (Brill); Waves, Clouds, and Flames-Impressions from Journeys Past and Present (Quiet Fire Press); and Exodus (Bible Reading Fellowship - Peoples Bible Commentary Series).
He is founder and president of the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern and Afroasiatic Cultural Research and a Research Associate for Human Relations Area Files at Yale University and the Institute for Signifying Scriptures at Claremont Graduate University. He also serves as Benjamin E. Mays Professor of Scripture and Applied Ministries at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Mishawaka, IN and Counsel to the President of the Foundation on Anglican Affairs. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, the American Academy of Religion, the Society for Old Testament Studies, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. In 2002 he was elected to membership in the Society for the Study of Black Religion.