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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

OCU Now Offering English and History majors image

OCU Now Offering English and History majors

OCU Now Offering English and History majors image

Published: October 14, 2016

Ohio Christian University students can now major or minor in English or History. The programs were created because OCU is awaiting approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education in Adolescence to Young Adult Education (high school teacher education program) with majors in integrated language arts, math, science, and social studies. The courses were already created and the decision was made to offer these as stand-alone degrees. The degrees are available to students in the Adult and Graduate Studies Program or Residential Undergraduate Program.   About the English Program OCU's
Ohio Christian University students can now major or minor in English or History. The programs were created because OCU is awaiting approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education in Adolescence to Young Adult Education (high school teacher education program) with majors in integrated language arts, math, science, and social studies. The courses were already created and the decision was
Ohio Christian University students can now major or minor in English or History. The programs were created because OCU is awaiting approval to offer a Bachelor of Science in Education in
OCU to Host FAFSA Workshop on Oct. 8th image

OCU to Host FAFSA Workshop on Oct. 8th

OCU to Host FAFSA Workshop on Oct. 8th image

Published: October 3, 2016

By Amanda Plotts, Staff Reporter for the Circleville Herald   Future college students who need help navigating the financial aid system are encouraged to attend FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Day, a financial aid workshop sponsored by Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education Learning Partners for Students) and Ohio Christian University (OCU). The workshop is free and will take place on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at OCU’s Maxwell Center. Professional financial counselors will be available to give individual help, answer questions, and assist with the online
By Amanda Plotts, Staff Reporter for the Circleville Herald   Future college students who need help navigating the financial aid system are encouraged to attend FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Day, a financial aid workshop sponsored by Pickaway HELPS (Higher Education Learning Partners for Students) and Ohio Christian University (OCU). The workshop is free and will
By Amanda Plotts, Staff Reporter for the Circleville Herald   Future college students who need help navigating the financial aid system are encouraged to attend FAFSA (Free Application for
Is college preparation worth it? A teen's perspective. image

Is college preparation worth it? A teen's perspective.

Is college preparation worth it? A teen's perspective. image

Published: September 15, 2016

By Jordyn Williams (pictured) In the years approaching college, the weight of the world is on us teens. Our stress is magnified as the expectations for college readiness intensifies. Our days grow longer and our nights shorten as we return home from a seven hour day of school only to spend additional hours studying and completing homework for multiple AP and honors classes. We wake up early the next morning to repeat the cycle. Work-free weekends are infrequent when they have become filled with youth leadership group gatherings, club meetings, community service, and SAT/ACT prep. The
By Jordyn Williams (pictured) In the years approaching college, the weight of the world is on us teens. Our stress is magnified as the expectations for college readiness intensifies. Our days grow longer and our nights shorten as we return home from a seven hour day of school only to spend additional hours studying and completing homework for multiple AP and honors classes. We wake up early
By Jordyn Williams (pictured) In the years approaching college, the weight of the world is on us teens. Our stress is magnified as the expectations for college readiness intensifies. Our days grow
OCU's Ablaze

OCU's Ablaze and Tenth Avenue North Rock Ross County Fair

OCU's Ablaze

Published: August 12, 2016

CHILLICOTHE - The fair board took a gamble that appeared to pay off. Thursday night's concert at the Ross County Fair was something the fair board had never tried before. With the help of Ohio Christian University, it brought two contemporary Christian bands, OCU's Ablaze and headliner Tenth Avenue North, to the grandstand. The grandstand was packed with more than 500 people of all ages cheering, clapping and even at times dancing along to the music. The high-energy lead singer of Tenth Avenue North ran up and down into the crowds, jumping and dancing along with them. The longer the
CHILLICOTHE - The fair board took a gamble that appeared to pay off. Thursday night's concert at the Ross County Fair was something the fair board had never tried before. With the help of Ohio Christian University, it brought two contemporary Christian bands, OCU's Ablaze and headliner Tenth Avenue North, to the grandstand. The grandstand was packed with more than 500 people of all ages
CHILLICOTHE - The fair board took a gamble that appeared to pay off. Thursday night's concert at the Ross County Fair was something the fair board had never tried before. With the help of Ohio
OCU's Ablaze to open for Tenth Avenue North on August 11th image

OCU's Ablaze to open for Tenth Avenue North on August 11th

OCU's Ablaze to open for Tenth Avenue North on August 11th image

Published: August 4, 2016

On August 11th, Ohio Christian University's traveling music ministry group Ablaze will open for Tenth Avenue North at the Ross County Fair in Chillicothe, Ohio.The student group travels the region bringing its distinctive sound to churches, schools, youth events and more. Their masterful vocals and instrumental arrangements blend the foundations of contemporary worship with genuine, timeless lyrics as they spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. "We get to travel to lots of different places and meet a lot of people," said Caitlyn McCrary, an Ablaze member and OCU Junior. "There have been
On August 11th, Ohio Christian University's traveling music ministry group Ablaze will open for Tenth Avenue North at the Ross County Fair in Chillicothe, Ohio.The student group travels the region bringing its distinctive sound to churches, schools, youth events and more. Their masterful vocals and instrumental arrangements blend the foundations of contemporary worship with genuine, timeless
On August 11th, Ohio Christian University's traveling music ministry group Ablaze will open for Tenth Avenue North at the Ross County Fair in Chillicothe, Ohio.The student group travels the region