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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
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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
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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
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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

OCU Psychology Dept. Launches New Initiative  image

OCU Psychology Dept. Launches New Initiative

OCU Psychology Dept. Launches New Initiative  image

Published: March 21, 2016

Ohio Governor John Kasich has identified the battle with rampant heroin addiction as a priority of his administration. Ohio Christian University Psychology Department has successfully worked with the State government leaders in the past to bring Pastors together for a Drug Education Conference and now the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives has reached out to OCU for another effort. Kimberly Hettel, the Director of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, met with OCU’s Psychology Department Chair, Dr. Larry Olson, and the Director of OCU’s Substance
Ohio Governor John Kasich has identified the battle with rampant heroin addiction as a priority of his administration. Ohio Christian University Psychology Department has successfully worked with the State government leaders in the past to bring Pastors together for a Drug Education Conference and now the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives has reached out to OCU for
Ohio Governor John Kasich has identified the battle with rampant heroin addiction as a priority of his administration. Ohio Christian University Psychology Department has successfully worked with
OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus image

OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus

OCU Welcomed Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield to Campus image

Published: March 18, 2016

Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture as the inability to deal with Islam openly and honestly. “America is stigmatized against honest discussion…” he said, sharing a story about a media store employee who was hesitant to turn in a video
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison, and later responded to questions from the audience. The speakers tackled a relevant question: Is Islam a religion of peace Robert Spencer spoke first, citing the main issue with Western culture
Ohio Christian University was pleased to welcome both Robert Spencer and Samuel Whitfield as guest speakers on Thursday, March 17, 2016. They agreed to answer questions facilitated by Dr. Garrison
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OCU Ranked Among Nation's Most Conservative Universities

OCU Ranked Among Nation's Most Conservative Universities image

Published: February 22, 2016

Ohio Christian University now ranks as one of the top best colleges for conservative values according to a recent release from Newsmax.   The announcement came as a part of Newsmax’s 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values, which complied their list based on information from TheBestSchools.org, the Young America’s Foundation, as well as a few other sources.   To view the full list, click here.   Ohio Christian University is committed to offering a complete education that develops students intellectually, professionally, and spiritually. OCU offers degree programs for residential
Ohio Christian University now ranks as one of the top best colleges for conservative values according to a recent release from Newsmax.   The announcement came as a part of Newsmax’s 40 Best Colleges for Conservative Values, which complied their list based on information from TheBestSchools.org, the Young America’s Foundation, as well as a few other sources.   To view the full list, click
Ohio Christian University now ranks as one of the top best colleges for conservative values according to a recent release from Newsmax.   The announcement came as a part of Newsmax’s 40 Best
Don’t Hold Back - Missions Chapel 2016  image

Don’t Hold Back - Missions Chapel 2016

Don’t Hold Back - Missions Chapel 2016  image

Published: February 3, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department was pleased to host Carolyn Knight for the first Missions Chapel of 2016. In addition to Carolyn’s 10 years as a pioneer evangelist and church planter in East Africa, she served stateside as a college professor in Missions and Counseling. During her time of teaching, she felt the leading of God to be involved in making a difference in the arena of sexual exploitation and currently directs the ministry Light In Darkness — an anti-human trafficking, strip club ministry focused on witnessing to women trapped in that lifestyle. Carolyn’s
Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department was pleased to host Carolyn Knight for the first Missions Chapel of 2016. In addition to Carolyn’s 10 years as a pioneer evangelist and church planter in East Africa, she served stateside as a college professor in Missions and Counseling. During her time of teaching, she felt the leading of God to be involved in making a difference in the
Ohio Christian University’s Religion Department was pleased to host Carolyn Knight for the first Missions Chapel of 2016. In addition to Carolyn’s 10 years as a pioneer evangelist and church
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Hundreds of Students Renew Faith Commitment at Spring Revival

Hundreds of Students Renew Faith Commitment at Spring Revival  image

Published: January 29, 2016

Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was honored to have Dr. Jim Lo—current Indiana Wesleyan University professor, former IWU Dean of Chapel, and missionary—speak words of wisdom about seeking, prayer, and forgiveness. Hundreds of students made or renewed their commitments to the Lord throughout the services.  We are truly privileged to have had such an outstanding response and revival on our campus and among our students. and was
Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was honored to have Dr. Jim Lo—current Indiana Wesleyan University professor, former IWU Dean of Chapel, and missionary—speak words of wisdom about seeking, prayer, and forgiveness. Hundreds of students
Ohio Christian University students, faculty, and staff gathered for the beginning of spring semester by starting off the new year with three days of spiritual challenge and growth. OCU was