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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 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 (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