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Caleb Friedeman - Religion Professor

Dr. Caleb T. Friedeman recently joined Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department as Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies. A disciple of Jesus Christ with a passion to serve the Church as a pastor-theologian, Friedeman brings to the department the heart of a pastor and the mind of a scholar.

Friedeman holds a B.A. in Ancient Languages from Asbury University, an M.A. in Biblical Literature from Wesley Biblical Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology (New Testament) from Wheaton College. His doctoral dissertation focused on the Christology of Luke chapters 1 and 2 and its relationship to the rest of Luke and Acts.

“In the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel,” Friedeman explains, “characters in the narrative such as Gabriel, Elizabeth, and Zechariah call Jesus ‘Messiah,’ ‘Son of God,’ and ‘Lord.’ These features have put Luke 1–2 center stage in discussions of Lucan Christology, particularly the question of whether Luke presents Jesus as God. However, they also create a tension within the narrative, because in the body of the Gospel no one seems to know these things about Jesus—they have to be discovered. While some scholars explain this discontinuity by saying that the traditions in Luke 1–2 are much later than the rest of the gospel, I argue that Luke presents these chapters as a Christological mystery that the rest of his narrative unveils.”

Friedeman has been active in scholarship. He is editor of Listen, Understand, Obey: Essays on Hebrews in Honor of Gareth Lee Cockerill (Pickwick, 2017), a volume to which he also contributed an essay. He has written articles for Lexham Bible Dictionary and contributed to Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader by Karen Jobes (Kregel, 2016). A number of his popular-level articles appear on Seedbed.com, and he has been featured in Seedbed’s Seven Minute Seminary series. He is currently editing a substantial reference volume and plans to publish his dissertation soon.

Friedeman has a deep love for the church and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, having served as Associate Pastor at DaySpring Community Church of the Nazarene (Clinton, MS) and Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Trinity Church of the Nazarene (Naperville, IL). 

Of many talents, Friedeman sings and plays acoustic and electric guitars and piano. He was a featured tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah and in 2013 sang a lead role in Les Misérables. Friedeman was a competitive powerlifter in high school and still hits the gym several times per week to stay in shape.

“At OCU,” says Friedeman, “I want to shape the hearts and minds of students to prepare them to be witnesses for Christ both here and around the world.” Dr. Friedeman is currently teaching Acts, Hermeneutics of the New Testament, and Christianity, Culture, and Worldview, and is starting a discipleship group to create a space for mentoring students outside the classroom.

Articles of Interest

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

OCU Welcomes Students at Orientation Day 2019

Incoming student Molly Taylor and her mother, Kitty Stone sit at an orientation meeting.

Published: June 14, 2019

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue academic excellence and to, above all, grow in Christ. Jones also gave a warm welcome to the students saying, “We here are family, and your faculty members here truly care about you the student and
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to meet their fellow classmates. After the students settled down, OCU Provost, Dr. Bradford Sample and Dr. Valerie Jones, Teacher Education Department Chair, encouraged the new students to pursue
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome 69 students to Orientation Day 2019 on June 14. Incoming students started the morning doing activities together where they had the opportunity to

Archived Articles of Interest

Salvation Army Red Kettle - Doing the Most Good!

Dean on Generosity - Kicking Off Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign

Salvation Army Red Kettle - Doing the Most Good!

Published: November 22, 2017

"How to do the most good?"  On Nov. 14, Rev. David Dean, Director of Church Relations for Ohio Christian University, addressed this question to Fairfield County business leaders assembled at Lancaster Country Club to kick off this season's Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Reminding participants that altruism—thoughtfulness of the well-being of and generosity to others—means giving, Dean explained, “Studies show the happiest people are the most generous."  He elaborated on this theme, explaining that the “Generosity Factor” is a characteristic of people who give generously:  Those
"How to do the most good?"  On Nov. 14, Rev. David Dean, Director of Church Relations for Ohio Christian University, addressed this question to Fairfield County business leaders assembled at Lancaster Country Club to kick off this season's Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign. Reminding participants that altruism—thoughtfulness of the well-being of and generosity to others—means giving, Dean
"How to do the most good?"  On Nov. 14, Rev. David Dean, Director of Church Relations for Ohio Christian University, addressed this question to Fairfield County business leaders assembled at
Top Counseling Schools Ranks OCU 8th of 20 Best!

OCU Online Pastoral Counseling Master’s Program Is 8th in Top 20!

Top Counseling Schools Ranks OCU 8th of 20 Best!

Published: November 16, 2017

TopCounselingSchools.org has ranked OCU’s online Master Degree in Pastoral Counseling 8th among the top 20 best programs available! According to Top Counseling Schools’ evaluation:  OCU’s program is “One of the most affordable pastoral counseling master’s programs online on our list is the online master’s in ministry from Ohio Christian University. This 34-credit hour program is designed to equip students to analyze situations and choose proper interventions to help others cope with crises, exploring pastoral care and counseling topics. Some of the classes offered include history of
TopCounselingSchools.org has ranked OCU’s online Master Degree in Pastoral Counseling 8th among the top 20 best programs available! According to Top Counseling Schools’ evaluation:  OCU’s program is “One of the most affordable pastoral counseling master’s programs online on our list is the online master’s in ministry from Ohio Christian University. This 34-credit hour program is designed to
TopCounselingSchools.org has ranked OCU’s online Master Degree in Pastoral Counseling 8th among the top 20 best programs available! According to Top Counseling Schools’ evaluation:  OCU’s program
Reformation Day Celebration

Join OCU's Reformation Day Celebration!

Reformation Day Celebration

Published: October 30, 2017

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Ohio Christian University is hosting a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Maxwell Library and finish by 8:30 p.m. The evening is headlined by special guest speaker Reverend Gerhard Kraus of Trinity Lutheran Church in Circleville.  Rev. Kraus' presentation on the Reformation will be followed by a panel Q
On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Ohio Christian University is hosting a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Maxwell Library and finish by 8:30 p.m. The evening is headlined by special guest speaker Reverend Gerhard Kraus of Trinity Lutheran Church in Circleville.  Rev. Kraus' presentation on the Reformation will be followed by
On Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, Ohio Christian University is hosting a celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Maxwell Library and
Martin Luther - Reformation's 500th Anniversary

A Wesleyan’s Debt to Luther on Reformation's 500th Anniversary

Martin Luther - Reformation's 500th Anniversary

Published: October 30, 2017

By Prof. Ben Williamson One is tempted to ask what has Wittenberg to do with Circleville? The answer is Wittenberg’s impact on the spiritual ancestors of the American Holiness Movement cannot be overstated. Discoveries made by Luther that led to the moment on October 31, 1517, when he nailed his “95 Theses” to the Wittenberg Chapel door had a profound effect upon John Wesley.  All Wesleyans are children of the Reformation. The three great hallmarks of Reformation theology are: Salvation by grace through faith alone, Sola Scriptura (scripture alone), and the priesthood of all
By Prof. Ben Williamson One is tempted to ask what has Wittenberg to do with Circleville? The answer is Wittenberg’s impact on the spiritual ancestors of the American Holiness Movement cannot be overstated. Discoveries made by Luther that led to the moment on October 31, 1517, when he nailed his “95 Theses” to the Wittenberg Chapel door had a profound effect upon John Wesley.  All Wesleyans
By Prof. Ben Williamson One is tempted to ask what has Wittenberg to do with Circleville? The answer is Wittenberg’s impact on the spiritual ancestors of the American Holiness Movement cannot be
David and friend at African mission site.

Mentor Leaders' Rev. David Whetstone Speaks during OCU Mission Week

David and friend at African mission site.

Published: October 23, 2017

Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville, TN, is a non­profit organization using community-based efforts to bring aid, restoration, and sustainability to global neighborhoods. Mission Week presentations are being held in OCU's Detty Chapel.   Mentor Leaders has teams in Togo and Haiti who are providing emergency aid, restoration—supported by education, financial investment, and relational development—, and sustainability training
Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville, TN, is a non­profit organization using community-based efforts to bring aid, restoration, and sustainability to global neighborhoods. Mission Week presentations are being held in OCU's Detty 
Rev. David Whetstone, founder of Mentor Leaders, is a featured speaker during OCU’s Missions Week, October 23-26, on the university's main Circleville campus. Mentor Leaders, based in Nolensville