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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

Student Amber Ginter

Student Profile: Amber Ginter on “What No One Tells You About Coming to OCU”

Student Amber Ginter

Published: August 27, 2019

As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I am not one to give ‘guy advice’, but maybe God is telling you he isn't ‘the one’?” Such questions go on and on. One thing remains: No matter what your class at the start of a new school year,
As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I know what to major in?", "Why doesn't this guy who seems perfect for me text me back?" My answers, respectively, are:  “Yes, yes, and yes. But, she's awesome. Don't worry. You will figure it out. I
As a senior, I often hear excited, uncertain freshmen asking: "Excuse me, do you know where Room CE201 is?”, "Have you ever had Professor X?", "Is she as intimidating as everyone says?", "How do I
Tyler Forney Leading SOS Project

Student Profile: Tyler Forney Is Learning Service over Self

Tyler Forney Leading SOS Project

Published: August 27, 2019

Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for Youth Ministry, and placing others' needs above his for the glory of God. Choosing to spend his summer with Service Over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tyler, along with 40 other young adults, spread the Good News to middle and high school students and learned to be an SOS team leader. An avid OCU community member, Tyler appears happy-go-lucky, working for SAC, serving as a hall chaplain, and walking
Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for Youth Ministry, and placing others' needs above his for the glory of God. Choosing to spend his summer with Service Over Self (SOS) in Memphis, Tyler, along with 40 other young adults, spread the
Building safer houses, constructing new roofs, and laboring in Tennessee’s hot summer sun isn’t routine for OCU Junior Tyler Forney. What is routine is witnessing about Jesus, having a heart for
Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Graduate Profile: Rev. David Dean

Rev. David Dean, Graduate

Published: August 27, 2019

Upon graduation in Theology from Ohio Christian University, David Dean entered Olivet Nazarene University’s Church Management program and earned his Master's degree. Since then David has been an evangelist in many churches, camps, and colleges, as well as a servant in mission fields for 25 years. Since 2015, Rev. Dean is serving as OCU’s Director of Church Relations and Executive Director of the Toler Leadership Institutes. He is also the appointed Chairman of the Commission on Evangelism and Discipleship for Churches of Christ in Christian Union. Previously, David was Senior Pastor
Upon graduation in Theology from Ohio Christian University, David Dean entered Olivet Nazarene University’s Church Management program and earned his Master's degree. Since then David has been an evangelist in many churches, camps, and colleges, as well as a servant in mission fields for 25 years. Since 2015, Rev. Dean is serving as OCU’s Director of Church Relations and Executive Director
Upon graduation in Theology from Ohio Christian University, David Dean entered Olivet Nazarene University’s Church Management program and earned his Master's degree. Since then David has been an
Detty Chapel in fall at Ohio Christian University's main campus in Circleville, Ohio.

Importance of a Christian Education

Detty Chapel in fall at Ohio Christian University's main campus in Circleville, Ohio.

Published: November 8, 2016

Dr. Hank Kelly OCU Provost A college or university education is more than just learning information. There is no neutral, nonformative education (i.e., there is no such thing as a “secular” education). Colleges and universities are forming students into something. The question is: what? Education is formative in that not only does it impact the mind but also the heart. All the practices of a college or university form the imagination and hearts of its students—whether designed or not. If drinking and partying are accepted and even expected to “fit in,” then many students will
Dr. Hank Kelly OCU Provost A college or university education is more than just learning information. There is no neutral, nonformative education (i.e., there is no such thing as a “secular” education). Colleges and universities are forming students into something. The question is: what? Education is formative in that not only does it impact the mind but also the heart. All the practices of
Dr. Hank Kelly OCU Provost A college or university education is more than just learning information. There is no neutral, nonformative education (i.e., there is no such thing as a “secular”
OCU Student Finds Hope Through Classmates image

OCU Student Finds Hope Through Classmates

OCU Student Finds Hope Through Classmates image

Published: October 17, 2016

By Krista Williams In a time where our country and humanity is living in a great amount of fear, being at OCU gives me so much hope. I find peace in being here as I look around the classrooms- I see the future. I sit and look at all of the hardworking students and how each one of them has a divine purpose they are preparing for. A purpose given specially to them because of their skills and abilities. A purpose given to them because our King knows what He is doing. I sit in a class of 20 people and think, "there are 20 world changers right here." It amazes me to think what we, as
By Krista Williams In a time where our country and humanity is living in a great amount of fear, being at OCU gives me so much hope. I find peace in being here as I look around the classrooms- I see the future. I sit and look at all of the hardworking students and how each one of them has a divine purpose they are preparing for. A purpose given specially to them because of their skills and
By Krista Williams In a time where our country and humanity is living in a great amount of fear, being at OCU gives me so much hope. I find peace in being here as I look around the classrooms- I