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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

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Incoming Campus Students Attend Summer Orientation

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Published: July 13, 2020

On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing guidelines, and hand sanitizing stations to help ensure the safety of everyone on campus. OCU President Dr. Jon S. Kulaga welcomed the students and encouraged them to be part of God’s story. Students and
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus Program to register for classes and prepare for their first semester on campus. OCU had several COVID-19 procedures in place including taking temperatures, requiring masks, social distancing
On July 10th, Ohio Christian University welcomed 62 incoming students to campus for the first Orientation Day of the summer. Orientation Days are for incoming students to the Undergraduate Campus
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Prospective Students Have Many Options to Experience Campus this Summer

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Published: June 4, 2020

Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. Learn more. Option 2: Virtual Preview Day Join us for a Virtual Preview Day on Friday, June 26th! Learn why students choose OCU, ask our panelists questions, virtually tour campus, win prizes,
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1: Individual Campus Visits Ohio Christian University is now open for prospective students to visit campus. The university has social distancing procedures in place to help everyone on campus stay safe. 
Ohio Christian University is excited to offer several options to connect with prospective students of our Undergraduate Campus Program over the summer and help them experience OCU: Option 1:

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
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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,
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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
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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