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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 Prepares Church and Community Leaders image

OCU Prepares Church and Community Leaders

OCU Prepares Church and Community Leaders image

Published: November 4, 2015

Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet involves all of us! For the church to impact society, there must be a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit, which radically changes men and women’s hearts toward God. From the prophet Isaiah to Saul on the road to Damascus, the Lord uses transformative experiences to inspire spiritual leaders. These leaders challenge entire generations to action. In Isaiah 6, Isaiah experienced a
Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet involves all of us! For the church to impact society, there must be a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit, which radically changes men and women’s hearts toward God. From the prophet Isaiah to
Ohio Christian University is a blessed community of leaders who are impacting the world. How does OCU and the church impact society today? The answer to this complex question is not man-made yet
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More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward

More than 700 OCU Students Pay It Forward image

Published: October 15, 2015

More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center, Crossroads Church, First Baptist Church, and Heritage Nazarene Church.  At Ohio Christian University, we make paying it forward to the community a priority. The local church and community has been
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping, painting, cleaning, organizing, and general maintenance projects at 44 locations in Pickaway County and the surrounding areas including the Ted Lewis Museum, the Pickaway County Welcome Center,
More than 700 Ohio Christian University students paid it forward by serving the local church and community last week during OCU’s annual Church Service Day. Student teams assisted with landscaping
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Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Event

Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Event image

Published: August 26, 2015

Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place August 18, 2015, in the Maxwell Library. Dr. Kaiser shared his view on how a Christian university functions in tandem with the Gospel saying, “I’ve endorsed the concept of a Christian university because I’ve been all my life in education, and I sense that that’s a great mission to put the whole concept of Christianity [into practice.] Yet, it focuses in on a “uni”-versity — a one song —so
Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place August 18, 2015, in the Maxwell Library. Dr. Kaiser shared his view on how a Christian university functions in tandem with the Gospel saying, “I’ve endorsed the concept of a Christian university
Dr. Walter Kaiser, Jr. Speaks at OCU Dr. Walter Kaiser, world-renowned Old Testament scholar, was the guest lecturer at Ohio Christian University’s Religion Faculty Retreat that took place
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More Than a Job

More Than a Job image

Published: July 9, 2015

With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial part of being responsible. However, in adapting to the daily routine of work and family, we can often get trapped in an obligatory mindset, only thinking of our job as a means to an end.Marilyn McFarlin, a full-time foster parent and babysitter from Pennsylvania, had initially begun her career with this mindset. She loved serving young kids and found it fulfilling; however, she recognized the
With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial part of being responsible. However, in adapting to the daily routine of work and family, we can often get trapped in an obligatory mindset, only thinking of our job as a means to an end.Marilyn
With the economic state of the United States as is, it would be an understatement to say that a majority of the populace is intently focused on securing employment. As an adult, it is a crucial
Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea

Not Done Yet: Continuing the Lord’s work in Papua New Guinea image

Published: June 29, 2015

A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr. David Lattimer, PNG is “the kind of place that if you ever visit, you won’t ever forget.”It would be easy to abandon such an isolated nation to its own devices, allow it to continue down a path of
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other, foreign, and different. Mountainous, fertile, forested, landscapes dotted with villages highlight how vastly different this island nation is from its more industrial counterparts. According to Dr.
A Google search of  “Papua New Guinea” brings up countless images of indigenous people in in traditional dress; articles about cannibalism, sorcery, and sexism; and an undeniable sense of other,