Dr Debra Snoddy

Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Catholic Institute of Sydney
STD 2014, PhD in Theology (PhD) 2014, MFSS 2000, STL 1999, MTh 1999 – Belgium | BATh 1996 - Ireland

Having successfully completed an honours Baccalaureate in Arts and Theology at the Pontifical University, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Dr Debra Snoddy continued post-graduate studies in Theology and Biblical Stuides at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium (KULeuven). There she was awarded a first class Master’s Degree in Theology and an STL in Sacred Scripture. In 2000, she successfully completed a first class Master’s Degree in Family and Sexuality Studies in the Faculty of Medicine of KULeuven, Belgium while completing the Doctoral Programme in the Faculty of Theology that same year.

Upon return to Ireland in 2000, Debra began her career in lecturing as Adjunct Lecturer in Biblical Studies at All Hallows College in Dublin. In 2003, she began working for the Archdiocese of Armagh. Debra left Armagh Diocese in 2007 to begin work at All Hallows College. At All Hallows she was responsible for developing and delivering courses on the Bible especially on the Gospel of John. During her tenure there, she was also head of the life-long learning programmes which formed part of the School of Adult and Community Learning. In her role as Chair she was responsible for the design, development and evaluation of programmes and courses for adult learners returning to education for personal and or professional development. It is during her time in All Hallows that she began work on her doctoral thesis in the Gospel of John for which she was awarded a PhD and an STD from KULeuven, Belgium (2014).

In 2015 Debra worked as Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies for Carlow College, Carlow, Ireland teaching Christology, Moral Theology and Human Sexuality, Systematic Theology, Introduction to Theology, Prophets, Pauline Literature, Synoptic Gospels, and the Gospel of John. Since August 2016, she has been working as Lecturer in Biblical Studies – teaching both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures – at CIS, Sydney.

Dr Snoddy is a founding member of the SCD Centre for Gospels Research. She is a member of the Research Group for the Study of the Johannine and Pauline Literature at the Faculty of Theology of KULeuven, Belgium as well as the Australian Catholic Biblical Society, the European Biblical Association and also the Irish Biblical Association.

Dr Snoddy’s publications include the co-authoring of Parish Pastoral Councils: A Formation Manual, (Dublin: Veritas, 2010) as well as articles for national and international journals.

Areas of Interest

  • Adult Pedagogy
  • Biblical Christology
  • Biblical [Pauline] Anthropology
  • Hermeneutics and Exegesis
  • Johannine studies


Book Chapters and Refereed Articles

2020 Johannine Altruism: A Biblical Tonic for the Randian Plague
in The Impact of the Historical Jesus: Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives, edited by Peter Bolt, 311-328, Macquarie Park, NSW: SCD Press, 2020
2018 Windows, Mirrors and Icons as Ways into the Context, Content and Call of Sacred Narratives
in Wondering about God Together: Research-led Learning and Teaching in Theological Education, edited by Les Ball and Peter Bolt, 237-253, Macquarie Park, NSW: SCD Press, 2018
2017 Interpreting the Holy One of God in John 6:69: A Tradition-critical Analysis
in Journal for Gospel and Acts Research, Vol 1. 2017, 68-81.
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