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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

OCU Pizza and Points Event

Youth Groups Invited to Pizza and Points

OCU Pizza and Points Event

Published: January 9, 2020

Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the Point Park University Pioneers on Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m. The free event includes admission to the game, pizza, giveaways and face painting. In addition, high school juniors and seniors can enter to shoot a half court shot for a chance to win a $12,000 scholarship! Watch our video from a previous Pizza & Points:   REGISTER A STUDENT REGISTER A GROUP
Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the Point Park University Pioneers on Saturday, January 18th at 3 p.m. The free event includes admission to the game, pizza, giveaways and face painting. In addition, high school juniors and seniors can
Ohio Christian University is hosting Pizza and Points for youth groups and prospective students to cheer on the Ohio Christian University Trailblazers during the Men’s Basketball game against the
Ohio Christian Welcomes New Students for Spring 2020 image

Ohio Christian Welcomes New Students for Spring 2020

Ohio Christian Welcomes New Students for Spring 2020 image

Published: January 6, 2020

Ohio Christian University is working hard to prepare for the start of the Spring 2020 semester, which begins Jan. 8. This semester, the campus welcomes over 20 new students, 10 of whom are transferring from Cincinnati Christian University following the closing of its doors. The university is welcoming double the number of new students as last spring, so it is fundamental that each individual feels comfortable as the semester starts. “We have prepared the new student orientation schedule and have worked with partners on campus to ensure that new students will receive the information
Ohio Christian University is working hard to prepare for the start of the Spring 2020 semester, which begins Jan. 8. This semester, the campus welcomes over 20 new students, 10 of whom are transferring from Cincinnati Christian University following the closing of its doors. The university is welcoming double the number of new students as last spring, so it is fundamental that each individual
Ohio Christian University is working hard to prepare for the start of the Spring 2020 semester, which begins Jan. 8. This semester, the campus welcomes over 20 new students, 10 of whom are

Archived Articles of Interest

Discover Service above Self in Criminal Justice image

Discover Service above Self in Criminal Justice

Discover Service above Self in Criminal Justice image

Published: November 28, 2017

By Professor Sean Lovell When hearing the words ‘criminal justice’, most of us think of uniformed men and women policing streets in our communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  Such may be true. However, there are many specialized careers in the U.S. criminal justice service that students may pursue.  The U.S. criminal justice system comprises three parts:  Law enforcement, courts, and corrections.  OCU’s Criminal Justice Program covers these and much more.  The program provides knowledge across the spectrum of criminal justice system operations.  It uniquely integrates classroom
By Professor Sean Lovell When hearing the words ‘criminal justice’, most of us think of uniformed men and women policing streets in our communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  Such may be true. However, there are many specialized careers in the U.S. criminal justice service that students may pursue.  The U.S. criminal justice system comprises three parts:  Law enforcement, courts, and
By Professor Sean Lovell When hearing the words ‘criminal justice’, most of us think of uniformed men and women policing streets in our communities 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!  Such may be
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