H. A. Hall
H.  A. Hall

H. A. Hall

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Expertise/Specializations

  • Reformation; Early Christianity; Ecumenism

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Theology

Position

  • Associate Professor

Teaching Activity

  • Christianity in Context (THL 110); Christology: Jesus Christ Yesterday and Today (THL 300 & MAM 630); Reformation Theology (THL 470); The Search for Christian Unity (HRS 360); and the Ratio Studiorum Program

Biography

Ashley Hall specializes in the reception of patristic (i.e., early Christian) sources in the Reformation of the sixteenth century. His primary area of research is on Philip Melanchthon (1497-1560), an exemplary Lutheran theologian, philologist, and pedagogue. Dr. Hall's book, Philip Melanchthon and the Cappadocians: A Reception of Greek Patristic Sources in the Sixteenth Century (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014) presents a detailed study of his interests.
Dr. Hall is a Lutheran delegate in Round XII of the official dialogue between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The topic for Round XII is "Teaching Authority in the Church." 
In November 2012, he was the North American delegate to a two-week international seminar at the Wittenberg Center of the Lutheran World Federation entitled "Teaching Luther for Lutheran Teachers." The seminar was led by Prof. Theodor Dieter and Prof. Sarah Hinlicky Wilson of the Ecumenical Institute of Strasbourg. In October 2009, he was an invited presenter at the Luther Studies in a Catholic Context Colloquium of the Theology Department, Marquette University. From 2004-2005, Dr. Hall was a Research Fellow at the Institute for European History, Mainz, Germany.
Dr. Hall is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serving in the Nebraska Synod. He is the coordinator for Lutheran/Protestant campus ministy under the aegis of The Office of Campus Ministry, Nebraska Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church.

Education

  • Fordham University (The Bronx, NY)
  • Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (Berkeley, CA)
  • University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX)

Publications and Presentations

Books

  • Philip Melanchthon and the Cappadocians: A Reception of Greek Patristic Sources in the Sixteenth Century. Refo500 Academic Studies, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 2014
  • “The Lutheran Reformation and the Normativity of History,” The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity, Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia: Proceedings of the Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology (LEST) VIII, ed. Colby Dickinson, Peeters, 201-14, 2013

Articles

  • The Lutheran Reformation and the Normativity of History," The Shaping of Tradition: Context and Normativity. Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia: Proceedings of the Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology (LEST) VIII. Ed. Colby Dickinson (Leuven: Peeters, 2013), 201-214., 201-214, 2013

Publications

  • Article/Seminar report: “sola Scriptura” (co-authored with Prof. Friederike Nüssel, Heidelberg University, Germany) seminar report of the Luther Congress (Helsinki); Luther als Lehrer und Reformer der Universität: Lutherjahrbuch. Christopher Spehr, Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, 80, 293-97, 2013
  • “Protestant Responses to Roman Catholic Environmental Thought,” The Greening of the Papacy, Online: www.creighton.edu/jrs., Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, Series 9, 2013

Presentations

  • “The Teaching Authority of University Theologians in the Lutheran Tradition,” Sixth Session, U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue., 2014
  • Invited participant and North American delegate, “Teaching Luther for Lutheran Teachers,” 6th International Seminar of the Wittenberg Center (LWF-Wittenberg Center, Germany) and the Center for Ecumenical Research (Strasbourg, France), 2012
  • Invited Speaker on “Ecumenism” for the Legacy of the Second Vatican Council Film Series sponsored by the Kenefick Chair for the Humanities, 2012
  • Participant and recorder, Seminar 25, Sola Scriptura, of the 12th International Luther Congress (Helsinki, Finland), 2012
  • “Melanchthon and Teaching Authority,” U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Round XII, Session 2; Chicago, IL (24-27 May), 2012
  • Invited Speaker/Guest, “Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue,” Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton (podcast; cucatholicctr.org), 2012
  • “The Normativity of History in the Lutheran Tradition,” Leuven Encounters in Systematic Theology (LEST) VIII; University of Leuven, Belgium, 2011
  • “A Summary Review of ‘The Gospel and the Church’ (1972) and Scripture and Tradition (1995) for Elements Related to Teaching Authority,” U.S. Lutheran-Roman Catholic Dialogue: Round XII, Session 1; Washington, D.C., 2011

Research and Scholarship

Research and Scholarship Interests

  • The Reformation and Early Modern period (Philip Melanchthon; the reception of patristic and classical sources in the sixteenth century; the Reform Catholic Movement); monasticism; liturgy; historical and contemporary ecumenical dialogue between Lutherans and Roman Catholics; and Native American appropriations of Christianity.

Awards and Honors

  • "Iggy" Award, Center for Student Success and Retention, 2012
  • "Iggy" Award, Center for Student Success and Retention, 2012
  • Faculty Research Grant, CCAS, 2012
  • "Iggy" Award, Center for Student Success and Retention, 2011