Noting that Israel’s earliest responses to earth-shaking changes were cast in the powerfully expressive language of poetry, Hugh R. Page Jr. argues that the careful collection and preservation of these traditions—now found in every part of the Hebrew Bible—was an act of resistance, a communal no to the forces of despair and a yes to the creative power of the Spirit. Further, Page argues, the power of these poems to craft and shape a future for a people who had suffered acute displacement and marginalization offers a rich spiritual repertoire for Africana peoples today, and for all who find themselves perennially outside the social or political mainstream. Here Page offers fresh translations and brief commentary on the Bible’s fifteen earliest poems, and explores the power and relevance of these poems, and the ancient mythic themes behind them, for contemporary life at the margins.
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About the Author
Hugh R. Page Jr. is Dean of the First Year of Studies, associate professor of theology, and Chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He is general editor of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Fortress Press, 2009) and author of the Exodusvolume in The People's Bible (Fortress Press, 2008).