José-David Padilla, OP, STL, SThD

Rev. José-David Padilla, OP

Assistant Professor of Theology, New Testament


José-David Padilla was born and raised in the city of Medellin, Colombia, where he received his BA in Philosophy from the Bolivarian Pontifical University. Padilla received the MA and the MDiv from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. In 2003 he worked at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church, Miami for two years. In 2005, he was assigned to New Orleans where he worked at St. Thomas More Parish and as director of the Catholic Center at Tulane University.

He studied Hebrew and Greek at the Biblicum of Rome. Then,he completed his License Degree (STL) in Sacred Scriptures at the Catholic Institute of Paris. During this time, he also had the opportunity to explore biblical geography and archeology at the École Biblique of Jerusalem. He moved to Salamanca, Spain, where he completed his Doctorate (SThD) at the Pontifical University of Salamanca.

Padilla has focused his studies in the historical, social and cultural milieu of the first fifty years of Christianity and the figure of Paul. As for Pauline Literature, his interest is in the New Rhetoric, specifically the social-rhetorical approach to the undisputed letters. He is currently a member of the STL, CBA, and ACHTUS. He actively offers conferences nationwide on different topics concerning the New Testament, especially to the Hispanic communities.