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Crystal L. Hall

The Kraft Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


Ph.D. - Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
M.Div. - Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York
B.M. - Boston University College of Fine Arts

Dr. Hall's CV

Dr. Hall’s research and teaching address God’s call to justice and right relationship with the human Other and with Earth. Her research interests include the Pauline corpus, apocalyptic literature, poverty and wealth, and ecological and liberationist hermeneutics. Her methodological commitments include empire criticism and feminist theory.

She works to epistemologically privilege voices that have historically been excluded from the classroom and the Church. Through the Contextual Bible Study methodology, Dr. Hall teaches reading the Bible with the organized poor alongside communities of faith. She is a frequent speaker in congregational and synodical settings on topics including women’s leadership, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and immigration.

In addition to her work as an academic, Dr. Hall has worked as community organizer and political educator. She has worked with organizations whose lineages are grounded in human rights, environmental justice and the leadership of the directly impacted. She has served on staff with organizations including the Poverty Initiative (now the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice), United Workers and the Sierra Club.

Dr. Hall is a layperson in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). She resides in Philadelphia, and enjoys hiking, gardening and bringing friends together around a meal.

 Recent Publications

Insights from the Reading the Bible with the Poor (Fortress Press, 2019)

From Cosmos to New Creation: A Call to Justice with Earth in Galatians (Rowman and Littlefield, 2021)

Recent News (Spring 2021)
Dr. Hall published an article titled “Poverty and Scripture: Reading the Bible with The Poor” in the journal Call to Worship, and “Unholy Economics and Environmental Impacts: Reading Revelation’s Great Whore in the Climate Crisis” in the Journal of Religion and Society. Dr. Hall was an invited speaker at the Council for World Mission Discernment and Radical Engagement (DARE) Global Forum on “Art and Pandemic,” and the Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice’s Lenten Detox Series. She led adult education forums at Upper Dublin Lutheran Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Ardmore, and spoke for the Lower Susquehanna Synod on “Women in Ministry in the Early Church.” Dr. Hall currently serves as a member of the policy council of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania (LAMPa), and as the membership secretary of the Association of Teaching Theologians.

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119