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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 (2017)
M.Div. – Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York (2012)
B.M. – Boston University College of Fine Arts (2008)
Certified Life Coach – The Life Coach School (2021)

Dr. Hall's CV

Dr. Hall has taught at United Lutheran Seminary since 2018, and co-directs the Guatemala Immersion Semester Program. Her research and teaching address God’s call into right relationship with the human Other and with Earth.

Her research focuses on the Pauline corpus, apocalyptic literature, poverty and wealth, and ecological and liberationist hermeneutics. Her methodological commitments include empire criticism and feminist theory. Her teaching privileges voices historically excluded from the classroom and the Church. She is a frequent speaker in congregational and synodical settings on women’s leadership, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and immigration.

Before coming to ULS, Dr. Hall worked as a community organizer and political educator with organizations advocating for human rights, environmental justice and ending poverty. She served on staff with the Poverty Initiative (now the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice), United Workers and the Sierra Club.

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




Civilization and Barbarity in Galatians: Earth, Ancestors and the Founding of Cities in Roman Culture. Under contract with Rowman and Littlefield (Forthcoming 2025).  

From Cosmos to New Creation: A Call to Justice with Earth in Galatians. Paul in Critical Contexts Series. Under contract with Rowman and Littlefield (Forthcoming 2022).  

Reading the Bible in the Twenty-First Century: Insights from Reading with the Poor. Fortress. Series Editor Mark Allen Powell (2019).


Articles and Book Chapters

“Biblical Challenges to Housing Inequity: Toward a People’s Theology of 1 Corinthians 1:18–31” in Center and Library for the Bible and Social Justice Companion on Bible and Economics Volume Six: Bible in the Age of Capital: Challenges We Face. Edited by Matthew J. M. Coomber. Under contract with Wipf and Stock (Forthcoming).

Unholy Economics and Environmental Impacts: Reading Revelation’s Great Whore in the Climate Crisis.Journal of Religion & Society. Supplement 23 (2021).

“From Zoom Fatigue to Belly Breaths: Teaching Away from The Screen.” Teaching Theology and Religion 23, no. 4 (2020).  

“Poverty and Scripture: Reading the Bible with the Poor.” Call to Worship 54, no. 3 (2020).



The Bible  and Ecology
The Bible and Immigration
The Biblical Foundations of Stewardship and Evangelism
Early Christian Literature and Liturgy (with Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero)
A Feminist Reading of Galatians
Greek: The Language of the Early Church and The Church Today
Introduction to Scripture
Paul and Justification
Reading the Bible with the Poor
Reading Revelation Ecologically
The Story of the Early Church
Travel Seminar to Turkey and Greece

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119