SCHABERG JANE Prominent Feminist Biblical Scholar Jane Dewar Schaberg, 74, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at University of Detroit Mercy, died April 17 at her home in Detroit after a long illness. Beloved God-mother of Carolyn L. Johnson and her children, Ken Rashad Hargrave, Kaleb Dion Hargrave, and James Daniel Hall III, and of Anthony Phillips Martin. Sister of Helen Kauffman, Katherine Violette, and the late Dr. Kevin Schaberg, and aunt of six nieces and nephews. Mourned by many friends and colleagues across the nation. Born in St. Louis, Dr. Schaberg graduated from Manhattanville College and received her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her three books and dozens of articles in biblical studies, focusing on the Infancy Narratives of Jesus, earned her notice in such publications as Newsweek, Time Magazine, and the New York Times and interviews on networks such as A&E. A poet, an equestrian, and a devoted godmother as well as a scholar, Dr. Schaberg was highly respected by students and recognized internationally for her brilliant mind, her fluency in biblical languages, and her careful habits of scholarship. Her third book, The Resurrection of Mary Magdalene, earned high praise as well as popular success as a ground-breaking feminist re-interpretation of the significance of Mary Magdalene in the Jesus movement and post-resurrection Christian community. A Memorial Service is being planned in May. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Association, 3323 North Malden Rd., RR#2 Essex, ON. N8M 2X6, Canada, or to WDET-FM.
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It was my pleasure to meet Jane and discuss her live and work and her love for her children. “They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. Nor can spirits ever be divided, that love and live in the same divine principle, the root and record of their friendship. If absence be not death, neither is theirs. Death is but crossing the world, as friends do the seas; they live in one another still. For they must needs be present, that love and live in that which is omnipresent. In this divine glass they see face to face; and their converse is free, as well as pure. This is the comfort of friends, that though they may be said to die, yet their friendship and society are, in the best sense, ever present, because immortal.” ― William Penn, Some Fruits of Solitude
As I recall Jane from college days in New York I think of her as a brilliant philosopher, an accomplished horsewoman, and friend of my sister first. Later we were in Albany and I admired her deep thought and patience at Kenwood. She was a beekeeper! I can still see her swathed in white protective veils. A hidden soul perhaps. In the early seventies we were both studying at Union Theological. She taught me there the course in New Testament. What a wonderful teacher jane was! Her insight and scholarship profound and challenging. She had an original mind! Her cat Myrrh kept her company during those days,but she always had fun. I recall her cooking coq au vin for our dinner and making cheese cakes by the dozen to give as Christmas presents. Jane's friends and family were precious to her. Kelly and I were visiting her when her beloved brother Kevin died suddenly. Such a loss! She always looked out for Kelly, who shared a love for Rapp, her horse;Eliot, her lercher dog; Alvie and Quori, her cats. Kindness to animals was evident daily. When Jane first moved to Detroit she lived on Sixteenth St. where I visited her and met her dear Anthony and Carolyn when they were quite young. She took them under her wing for the rest of her life and provided guidance and education and did all she could to value each. Difficult endeavors were Jane's specialty! She filled her garden with plants and birds to enjoy. Sitting on the screened porch that her friend had built was a beautiful experience. Jane loved the furniture that her friend had made - art works. When the Xes came to visit we were surrounded by her wisdom and friendship throughout the years. We watched Carolyn and the boys grow, which delighted Jane. Christmas was my last visit to Jane's but our friendship endures. We miss you Jane.May God bless you! Rest in Peace.
I grew to know Jane and her trusty steed-Rapp only in the past few years. I enjoyed her company and respected her opinions. We had many talks together and I feel blessed to have known her. God Bless you, Jane Thank you.
We will miss Jane,we remember her last visits with us when she still insisted on riding, even though she was weak, and then she would join us at the lunch table for coffee and a chat. A giant of a lady who was passionate about so many things in her life. Ride on Jane.
I knew Jane Schaberg mainly through her publications, though I once had the pleasure of joining her on a panel discussion at an academic conference. Her work was insightful, pioneering, and of lasting impact.
I encountered Jane because a review of her book on the infancy narratives, by local theologian Frank Reilly, was published in the Minneapolis paper sometime in the 1980s. The book inspired me to write a liturgical play for Advent for my congregation at University Baptist Church, which I then sent to her and we started a correspondence. People loved the play so much we produced again in 2001. Then she wrote the Magdalene book, which inspired at least part of a set of liturgical dramas for Lent in 2006. Finally I met Jane that summer at her home in Detroit, such a gift to me. She had just come back from riding that day. Our congregation is forever grateful for her witness and scholarship. Blessings on her family and community.
I KEEP WANTING TO CALL HER AND GET HER TAKE ON THE LATEST HAPPENINGS... SHE IS AND WILL BE SORELY MISSED,
I most regret not getting to say these things to Jane, only hints and bits over the years. I first met Jane as my professor of the Gospels of the Christian Testament at U of Detroit in about 1987. From then on she became who I majored in to receive my M.A. in Religious Studies, closing with a trip with Jane and five other women to Israel and Palestine. I began to know her better when she held parties/gatherings at her 17th St. apt. so close to the old Tiger Stadium. I met a quite young Carolyn there, got to see her room and her first computer. Jane was a profoundly brilliant woman with compassion to match.
Dear Jane was my instructor at University of Detroit. She put me on the path of academic excellence. I learned so much from her. I am saddened by her passing. She was such a wonderful example for women to follow. I will truly miss my friend and mentor, Dr. Jane Schaberg. May God bless her soul.