Jane Schaberg

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Jane Dewar Schaberg (1938 - April 17, 2012) was the Professor of Religious Studies and of Women's Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy from 1977 through 2009.[1][2]


Chosen for the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006, she was acknowledged as Professor Emerita of Religious Studies in 2011 following her retirement. Schaberg earned a BA in Philosophy from Manhattanville College, an MA in Systematic theology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Schaberg's publications deal mainly with the New Testament, including a commentary on the New Testament Infancy Narratives, on the Gospel of Luke, and on feminist contributions to historical and literary research. She also wrote poetry although her poetry is not widely published. Her most recently published research is on the traditions and legends associated with the figure of Mary Magdalene, as seen through a feminist lens. She died at her home in Detroit April 17, 2012 at the age of 74 after a long illness.[3][4] A respected scholar of Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Schaberg's sometimes controversial work, especially the 1990 publication of "The Illegitimacy of Jesus: A Feminist Theological Interpretation of the Infancy Narratives," has been discussed in Newsweek, Time, The New Yorker, Cross Currents, and the Detroit Free Press.[4]

At one time a professed member of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (a religious community of Roman Catholic women,) Schaberg renounced her vows while teaching at the University of Detroit, and in 1984 was one of 97 theologians and religious persons who signed A Catholic Statement on Pluralism and Abortion, calling for religious pluralism and discussion within the Catholic Church regarding the Church's position on abortion.[5]



  1. ^ "Jane Schaberg, Feminist Theologian, Has Died". Patheos.com. 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  2. ^ "Jane Schaberg (1938–2012) – Biblical Archaeology Society". ). Retrieved 2012-12-01. 
  3. ^ Faculty Bio
  4. ^ a b UDM recognizes CLAE faculty excellence
  5. ^ "Catholic Committee" (PDF). Voices of Change: Risking All In Faith. Sturdy Roots. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 

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