Osvaldo  Padilla
Professor of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School
New Testament
 Divinity Hall

Osvaldo Padilla is professor of divinity with a concentration on the New Testament and Christian dogmatics. He teaches courses on the Gospels and Acts, New Testament theology and Greek exegesis (Pastoral Epistles). Padilla came to Beeson in 2008 after teaching at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author of The Speeches of Outsiders in Acts: Poetics, Theology and Historiography (Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) and The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016). He is currently writing a commentary on the Pastoral Epistles for the Tyndale New Testament Commentary Series (IVP). Padilla has been a pastor of a Hispanic congregation in Chicago. With his wife Kristen and son Philip, they are members of The Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal). 

Listen to Osvaldo Padilla discuss his book, The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology, on the Beeson podcast.


  • Post-Doctoral Research, Institut Romand des Sciences Bibliques, Université de Lausanne
  • Ph.D., King’s College, University of Aberdeen
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute 


Selected Articles and Essays

  • "Hellenistic paideia and Luke's Education: a Critique of Recent Approaches," New Testament Studies 55 (2009): 416-37.
  • "Postconservative Theologians and Scriptural Authority," in The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures, ed. D. A. Carson, pp. 644-68 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2016). 
  • "The Wirkungsgeschichte of Henry Joel Cadbury as an Objective Historian: An Exploration of America's Premiere Luke-Acts Scholar," BBR 29 (2019): 499-510. 
  • "The Future of Inerrancy: Do Postliberals Point the Way Forward?" Presbyterion 44 (2018): 67-79.

Research Interests

  • Gospels and Acts
  • Pastoral Epistles
  • The theologies of Karl Barth and T. F. Torrance, with special attention to Christology and soteriology
  • The relationship between biblical studies and modern higher criticism


  • Evangelical Theological Society
  • Institute of Biblical Research
  • Society of Biblical Literature

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