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Crystal L. Hall

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. Crystal L. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. Broadly Dr. Hall’s research and teaching address the call to justice with the human Other alongside the call to justice with Earth as Other. Her research interests include the Pauline corpus, poverty and wealth in the Roman economy, and ecological and liberationist hermeneutics. Her methodological commitments include empire criticism, reading the biblical text within its historical contexts of empire, as well as 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 works to read the Bible prophetically with communities struggling against the structures that keep them marginalized. In connection with this community-based work Dr. Hall has also served as an assistant researcher with the Ujamaa Centre for Biblical and Theological Community Development and Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa under the mentorship of Gerald West.

In addition to her work as an academic, Dr. Hall is a trained organizer and political educator. She has worked with organizations that draw on long lineages grounded in human rights, environmental justice and the leadership of the directly impacted. She has worked 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 proud partner of Luis Larín. They reside in Baltimore. Dr. Hall enjoys salsa dancing, gardening and home improvement projects.

Recent Publications

Insights from Reading the Bible with the Poor (Forthcoming, Fortress Insight Series)

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

Recent News (Feb. 2020)

Dr. Hall presented “Prophecy and Apocalypse in the Book of Revelation,” at Pub Theology with Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester, PAon Jan. 20. She is an invited participant at the Inter-American Conference, “AYNI* From the Margins” of the ELCA’s Domestic Mission Global Mission units in partnership with companion churches in Latin America and the Caribbean. The conference was held in Bogotá, Colombia on Feb. 5-9. She was invited presenter at the Religion and the New Politics Symposium of the Kripke Center at Creighton University in Omaha, NB on Feb.13-14. She is an invited presenter for a course, Liberation Theology and Liturgy at her alma mater, the Union Theological Seminary in New York on Feb.20. She is an invited presenter on “Paul and Women’s Leadership” at the Adul tEducation Forum at Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester on March 8. Dr. Hal lis an invited participant at the Association of Theological Schools Roundtable Seminar for Newly Appointed Faculty in Jacksonville, FL on March 27-29. She isan invited presenter and Scholar in Residence speaking on "Walking with the Risen Christ: Opening Scripture and Breaking Bread,” at Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, PA on April 25-26. She is an invited panelist on “The Call for Biblical Justice in Theological Schools,” at the Washington Theological Consortium Inaugural Event for the Institute for Justice Formation at the John Leland Center in Washington, D.C. on June 18. Dr.Hall is invited presenter on “Biblical Foundations of the ELCA Social Statement Faith, Sexism and Justice” at the ELCA Rostered Leaders Gathering in Phoenix,AZ on July 20-23.

Mailing Address

7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19119