(The Rev.) Hugh R. Page, Jr. was selected for SBL CUREMP Award

Author: Pauline Namuleme


(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr. was selected as one of the two recipients of Society of Biblical Literature's Outstanding Mentor Award for 2023. The Committee on Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Minorities in the Profession launched this award in 2020 to honor scholars who provide exceptional mentoring to other scholars and shape the field of Biblical Studies in significant ways.

Page was nominated and selected for this award in recognition of the multiple ways he is influencing the field through his scholarship, teaching, and mentoring of other scholars. The committee also expressed its gratitude for the important work Page does to advocate for other scholars and help them develop networks. This award is testament to his significant and continued influence on the field of Biblical Studies in different parts of the world.

(The Rev. Canon) Hugh R. Page, Jr. is a professor of Theology and Africana Studies. He also serves as Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean of the First Year of Studies. An Episcopal priest, Page holds a bachelor’s in history from Hampton University, two master’s degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York, a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and a master’s and doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1992 and, in 2001, received a Presidential Award for distinguished service to the University.

Page’s scholarly interests include early Hebrew poetry, Africana biblical interpretation, esoterism in Africa and the African Diaspora, poetry as a medium for theological expression, and the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Africana world.

He is the author or editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies, The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic & Biblical Literature, Exodus: A Bible Commentary for Every Day, The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, and Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse.