Osvaldo  Padilla
Professor of Divinity
Beeson Divinity School
New Testament
Office:  Divinity Hall
Email: opadilla@samford.edu
Phone: 205-726-2633

Osvaldo Padilla joined the Beeson Divinity School faculty in 2008, and teaches New Testament and Greek. He is the author of The Acts of the Apostles: Interpretation, History and Theology and The Speeches of Outsiders in Acts: Poetics, Theology, and Historiography, published by Cambridge University Press. He has written articles and reviews for ThemeliosBulletin for Biblical Research, New Testament Studies, and Ex Auditu. His research interests include Luke-Acts, Matthew, 1 Peter, suffering and mission, ancient and modern historiography, and Greek New Testament in the context of Hellenistic Greek. Previously, he taught New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Padilla's first language is Spanish. During his time in the Chicago area, he served as pastor of Jesus el Buen Pastor, a Hispanic congregation. He is married to Kristen, and they have one son. They are members of The Cathedral Church of the Advent.

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


  • Ph.D., King’s College, University of Aberdeen
  • M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School 
  • B.A., Moody Bible Institute 

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