A Jesuit, Filipino, and Asian Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology

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Assistant Professor of Biblical Theology

Contact Information
ATA Office: (+ 63 02) 410-0312
LST Office: (+63 02) 426-6430 local 3635


Psalms, Lamentations, Jeremiah
Areas of Interest

Biblical Theology, Contextual Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Hebrew and Biblical Greek, Scriptures in the context of Church and Academy


Bachelor of Theology, Bethel Bible College
Master of Divinity, Alliance Graduate School
Master of Theology, Asia Graduate School of Theology
Ph.D. in Theology focus on the Old Testament, University of Bristol, United Kingdom


Rev. Dr. Federico Villanueva is presently the Publications Secretary of the Asia Theological Association (ATA) and the General Editor of the Asia Bible Commentary series (ABC), a multi-volume commentary of each book of the Bible in the Asian context. He is also part-time consultant of Philippine Bible Society.
Prior to pursuing his PhD, he served for nine years (1995-2004) as pastor of Life Gospel Church, an evangelical church located in V. Luna, Quezon City. While pastoring, he was invited at Alliance Graduate School where he taught from 2002-2013. He did his PhD research on the book of Psalms under Professor Gordon Wenham (Trinity College, Bristol) and Professor John Day (Oxford University). His dissertation on the psalms of lament was published by BRILL in 2008 under the title, “The Uncertainty of a Hearing: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Psalms of Lament.”
Upon returning from the United Kingdom he resumed his teaching and later took on the job with ATA as general editor and writer of Bible commentaries. He also preaches regularly in churches and teaches part-time in Asia Graduate School of Theology and Society of the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay. He is married to Rosemarie and have two children, Emier and Faye.

Research and Publications

‘The Uncertainty of a Hearing’: A Study of the Sudden Change of Mood in the Lament Psalms. Leiden: Brill, 2008.

It’s OK to be Not OK: The Message of the Lament Psalms. Manila: OMF, 2012.

Psalms 1-72: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Carlisle, England: Langham Global Library, 2016.

Lamentations: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary. Carlisle, England: Langham Global Library, 2016.
“The Rejoicing Church in a Suffering Asia: Participating in the ‘Pain of God’ through the Lament Psalms.” In Leow Then Huat, ed., What Young Asian Theologians Are Thinking. Singapore: Trinity Theological College, 2014.

“The Dark Night of the Soul, The Lament Psalms, and Juan de la Cruz.” In Charles Ringma and Karen Hollenbeck-Wuest, eds., Walking with God: Christian Spirituality in the Asian Context. Manila: Asian Theological Seminary and OMF Lit, 2014.

“The Challenge of Asian Biblical Interpretation Today.” In Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology, 2014.

“Reading the Psalms with Asian Resources.” Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology, 2013.
“The Transforming Power of Lament: Reading the Psalms from a Filipino Context,” in Melba P. Maggay, ed., The Gospel in Culture. Manila: OMF Lit., 2013.
“Preaching Lament.” In Grenville J. R. Kent, Paul J. Kissling, and Laurence A. Turner, eds., Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2010. Pp. 64-84.

The Bible Primer. Manila: Philippine Bible Society, 2012. (Co-editor and coordinator).

Greek-Tagalog Interlinear. Manila: Philippine Bible Society, 2016. (Drafter/part-time consultant).

“‘My God, Why?’: Natural Disasters and Lament in the Philippine Context” (forthcoming).