Dr. John F. Hall is Professor of Classical Languages and Ancient History at Brigham Young University. He is the Eliza R. Snow University Fellow and also Editor of The BYU New Testament Commentary. Dr. Hall is former Chair of BYU’s Department of Humanities, Classics, and Comparative Literature and served as a member of the FARMS (Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies) Board of Directors. His professional involvement beyond BYU extends to service on the boards of several professional associations including a term as national President and six terms as Secretary of the Classical Association of the Middlewest, West and South (CAMWS) encompassing 34 states and 4 Canadian provinces.
Dr. Hall is the author of many articles and books on various topics of Roman history, the ancient Etruscans, early Christianity, and the original Greek New Testament. Among volumes of interest to an LDS audience are New Testament Witnesses of Christ: Peter, John, James, and Paul; Charting the New Testament; and Masada and the World of the New Testament. Most recently Professor Hall, along with Professor John Welch, edited lecture notes of Hugh Nibley to produce Apostles and Bishops in Early Christianity. Dr. Hall has also acted as curator or academic director of several archaeological exhibitions at BYU including: The Etruscans: Legacy of a Lost Civilization; Masada and the Dead Sea Scrolls; and at present, Ancient Roman Inscribed Bronze Plates.
Professor Hall received his doctorate in Ancient History and Languages from the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergraduate he attended BYU graduating Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Latin and Greek, with the university designation of University Scholar, and the Honors Program designation of Highest Honors. Dr. Hall is in his twenty-ninth year as a member of the BYU faculty.