Dr Rosemary Canavan
BA (Adel) BTh (Flin) BTh(Hons) (Flin) GCHE (ACU) PhD (Flin) 

Academic Dean
Senior Lecturer

Department of Biblical Studies

Dr Rosemary Canavan is the Academic Dean of Catholic Theological College and is a member of the Department of Biblical Studies. She has tutored and lectured in Theology and New Testament at the Adelaide College of Divinity, Department of Theology at Flinders University. Her previous career encompassed management, administration, training and employment services. She also has experience in working as a Pastoral Associate.

The undergraduate units she teaches include:
The postgraduate units she teaches include:
She also coordinates and is one of the tour leaders of the Study Tour of the Biblical Lands.
Rosemary Canavan holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide, and a Bachelor of Theology, a Bachelor of Theology (Hons), and a PhD from Flinders University. Most recently she graduated with a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from ACU. Her doctoral thesis is entitled “Clothing the Body of Christ at Colossae: a Visual Construction of Identity”.
She continues to pursue her research interests which focus on the ancient city of Colossae and the Letter to the Colossians, visual exegesis and the Pauline literature in the context of the Roman Empire. Currently her major projects are: (1) the writing of 1−2 Thessalonians Socio-rhetorical Exploration Commentary at the invitation of Professor Vernon Robbins (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia USA), on behalf of the Rhetoric in Religious Antiquity (RRA) Editorial Board; and, (2) Lycus Valley. A volume in the series of New Documents Illustrating Early Christianity, edited by Professor James Harrison. Co-authors: Alan Cadwallader, Michael Trainor and Rosemary Canavan.

Her publications include: Clothing the Body of Christ at Colossae: A Visual Construction of Identity. WUNT II Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012; “Visual Exegesis: Interpreting Text in Dialogue with its Visual Context” Colloquium: the Australia and New Zealand Theological Review Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015). “Weaving Threads: Clothing in Colossae” in Alan H. Cadwallader (ed.) Fragments from Colossae: Sifting through the Traces, Adelaide: ATF Press, 2015; “Armor, Gladiators and Peace: A Visual Exegesis of Ephesians 6:10-20 in Vernon Robbins, Walter S. Melion and Roy R. Jeal (eds.) The Art of Visual Exegesis: Rhetoric, Text and Image, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2017. A Friendly Guide to Women in the New Testament, Mulgrave: Garratt Publishing, 2017.