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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
2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement image

2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement

2019 Graduates Celebrate Commencement image

Published: May 5, 2019

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates invited to the Ohio ceremony that earned their degrees. Kristen Muzzy was the 2019 Commencement Address speaker. Muzzy is the President and co-founder of the World Alliance for the Volunteer Economy or WAVE. As a survivor of human trafficking, Muzzy spoke about God’s love and the plan He had for her trials in bringing her closer to Him. In her early life, she felt like the
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master level graduates invited to the Ohio ceremony that earned their degrees. Kristen Muzzy was the 2019 Commencement Address speaker. Muzzy is the President and co-founder of the World Alliance for the
On Saturday, May 4, 2019, Ohio Christian University held its 70th-year Commencement Ceremonies at the university’s main campus in Circleville, Ohio. There were 664 associate, bachelor, and master
On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You?

On-Campus College or Online College: Which Fits You? image

Published: April 26, 2019

by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and Setting When you consider going away to college, it is important to not only consider the qualities of the school but also the location and the setting. How far away from home is optimal? Do you want
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus program, an online program, or a combination of the two. But which option best fits you? In order to choose what fits you best, there are important considerations for each option. Location and
by Dr. Lynn Lease, Director of OCUOnline Plus Long gone are the days of being limited to simply deciding which college to attend. Today’s incoming college freshmen have the choice of an on-campus
Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day!

Community Action Day - It was a GREAT Day! image

Published: April 18, 2019

April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service attitude taught at OCU.  With help from Volunteer Economy and RPHF Solid Waste District, students were equipped to effectively serve and feel prepared to do so. Students served in various capacities
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400 students to serve residents and businesses who were in need. A tradition at Ohio Christian University, classes were canceled, and students were able to go into the public and implement the service
April 11th proved to not just be a nice day to be outside, but a great day to serve the community of Circleville and surrounding areas. In its 20thyear, Community Action Day brought out over 400
Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary

Easter - the Extraordinary Found in the Ordinary image

Published: April 18, 2019

By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion
By Rev. David Brown, Associate Professor, Religion

Archived Articles of Interest

Mike Butto of the West Side raises his arms in prayer as he and dozens of other gathered for the National Day of Prayer observance ceremony on the steps of the Statehouse on Thursday

Ohio Celebrates Faith and Freedom on National Day of Prayer

Mike Butto of the West Side raises his arms in prayer as he and dozens of other gathered for the National Day of Prayer observance ceremony on the steps of the Statehouse on Thursday

Published: May 5, 2016

Kali Smith wasn't going to venture out into the gray, chilly Thursday. She wanted to take a nap. But, instead, the 24-year-old German Village resident felt called to attend the Ohio National Day of Prayer observance outside the Statehouse. "God was definitely pulling at my heartstrings to come here, and I'm really thankful that I did," she said. "It was definitely rejuvenating and very educational, and they stayed true to God's word and the reality of Jesus. So I loved that. It was powerful." The Christian event was as much patriotic as religious. Along with saying prayers that
Kali Smith wasn't going to venture out into the gray, chilly Thursday. She wanted to take a nap. But, instead, the 24-year-old German Village resident felt called to attend the Ohio National Day of Prayer observance outside the Statehouse. "God was definitely pulling at my heartstrings to come here, and I'm really thankful that I did," she said. "It was definitely rejuvenating and very
Kali Smith wasn't going to venture out into the gray, chilly Thursday. She wanted to take a nap. But, instead, the 24-year-old German Village resident felt called to attend the Ohio National Day
Seniors honored at Awards Chapel 2016 image

Seniors honored at Awards Chapel 2016

Seniors honored at Awards Chapel 2016 image

Published: April 22, 2016

Ohio Christian University held its inaugural Awards Chapel on April 21, 2016. More than 100 people were in attendance for a time of worship and recognition. Students in the top percentage of their class were inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, Delta Epsilon Chi, and Epsilon Pi Phi. OCU was also pleased to announce the Josias Rodriguez scholarship award recipient, Victoria Bobb. Dr. Dave Garrison was awarded the Faith and Liberty award for his efforts in establishing the School of Business and Government. This high honor is also held by various other faith leaders, such as Dr. James Dobson
Ohio Christian University held its inaugural Awards Chapel on April 21, 2016. More than 100 people were in attendance for a time of worship and recognition. Students in the top percentage of their class were inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, Delta Epsilon Chi, and Epsilon Pi Phi. OCU was also pleased to announce the Josias Rodriguez scholarship award recipient, Victoria Bobb. Dr. Dave
Ohio Christian University held its inaugural Awards Chapel on April 21, 2016. More than 100 people were in attendance for a time of worship and recognition. Students in the top percentage of their
Morrow Campus graduates gather for a photo-op.

Georgia Campus Celebrates First-Ever Graduation

Morrow Campus graduates gather for a photo-op.

Published: April 20, 2016

On Saturday, April 9, 2016, The Morrow Campus of Ohio Christian University held its Inaugural Commencement Service at Divine Faith Ministries International in Jonesboro, Georgia.  70 Associate, Bachelor, and Master level graduates, for onsite and online, participated in the historic ceremony. MBA graduate Charlotte Daniely said, “The graduation was excellent.  I am extremely proud to say I am a graduate from Ohio Christian. The Lord was in the house!” An honorary doctorate was awarded to Former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Dr. Shawn Thomas, Dean for the Morrow Campus said, “
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, The Morrow Campus of Ohio Christian University held its Inaugural Commencement Service at Divine Faith Ministries International in Jonesboro, Georgia.  70 Associate, Bachelor, and Master level graduates, for onsite and online, participated in the historic ceremony. MBA graduate Charlotte Daniely said, “The graduation was excellent.  I am extremely proud to say I
On Saturday, April 9, 2016, The Morrow Campus of Ohio Christian University held its Inaugural Commencement Service at Divine Faith Ministries International in Jonesboro, Georgia.  70 Associate,
Students Honored at Ministerial Banquet  image

Students Honored at Ministerial Banquet

Students Honored at Ministerial Banquet  image

Published: April 11, 2016

Ohio Christian University took an evening to honor students and faculty in the Ministry department at the annual Ministerial Banquet on April 11, 2016. Over 50 guests were in attendance for dinner, worship lead by the Intercultural Department, and an awards ceremony. Various students were scholarship recipients, thanks to multiple generous donors. In addition, top students were nominated for titles such as Ministry Student of the Year, as well as up and coming Ministry Student of the year (for underclassmen).
Ohio Christian University took an evening to honor students and faculty in the Ministry department at the annual Ministerial Banquet on April 11, 2016. Over 50 guests were in attendance for dinner, worship lead by the Intercultural Department, and an awards ceremony. Various students were scholarship recipients, thanks to multiple generous donors. In addition, top students were nominated for
Ohio Christian University took an evening to honor students and faculty in the Ministry department at the annual Ministerial Banquet on April 11, 2016. Over 50 guests were in attendance for dinner
Students Participate in Poverty Simulation  image

Students Participate in Poverty Simulation

Students Participate in Poverty Simulation  image

Published: April 7, 2016

The Ohio Christian University’s Intercultural Department was pleased to have VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) facilitate The Poverty Simulation on last month. The Poverty Simulation is intended to be an “immersive experience that helps participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty.” According to their website, “The Poverty Simulation is a unique, enlightening experience that helps individuals begin to understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. It moves people to think about the harsh realities of
The Ohio Christian University’s Intercultural Department was pleased to have VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) facilitate The Poverty Simulation on last month. The Poverty Simulation is intended to be an “immersive experience that helps participants increase their knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty.” According to their website, “The Poverty Simulation is a unique
The Ohio Christian University’s Intercultural Department was pleased to have VISTA (Volunteers In Service to America) facilitate The Poverty Simulation on last month. The Poverty Simulation is