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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

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community

The OCU Religion Department Welcomes New Students into its Learning Community image

Published: September 23, 2014

The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the faculty and staff to help new students match names with faces, and encouraging communication between students and faculty. The professors were then given the opportunity to share their passion for
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving insights to the students on how they can be successful within the department and in their future ministries.Dr. Rick Christman started the evening with a warm welcome, and then introduced each of the
The students, staff, and faculty of the Religion Department gathered Monday evening to share in information and fellowship --- a kick-start to the new academic year with the professors giving
New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students image

New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students

New 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree Saves Time and Money for OCU Students image

Published: June 12, 2014

A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per summer, 120 credits total, in only three years! Earning a bachelor’s degree in three years saves a year of tuition and residence hall expenses, and allows entrance into the workforce or graduate school a year earlier. It gives other students the opportunity to pursue a dual major, to spend time studying abroad, or to complete an internship.A 3-year degree provides a high-quality, low-cost
A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per summer, 120 credits total, in only three years! Earning a bachelor’s degree in three years saves a year of tuition and residence hall expenses, and allows entrance into the workforce or graduate
A three-year bachelor’s degree will be offered next academic year at OCU. Those in the Business program can elect to take a sequence of classes to earn 18 credits per semester and six credits per
Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

OCU held surprise commencement for hospitalized student

Amanda Grooms surrounded by family and friends at her suprise commencement celebration at Grant Medical Center

Published: April 22, 2014

Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian University officials secretly planned a surprise mini-commencement at Grant Medical Center on Friday, April 22. A teary-eyed Amanda entered a packed-room full of her family, friends, and co-workers. She
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being hospitalized on bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy, so she was unable to realize her dream of walking at graduation. Knowing how important it was to her, a group of Ohio Christian
Amanda Grooms, a now mom of four, expected to walk across the stage and graduate with her bachelor’s degree from Ohio Christian University last weekend. However, complications resulted in her being
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Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View

Impacting the World through Education from Wesley’s Point of View image

Published: November 26, 2013

During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and philosophies that can cause students to stray from their faith.  Now, I am not so naive as to think one cannot be a proponent of Christian education while supporting the education processes of local public
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what constitutes a “real-world education,” but his statement concerned me. Today’s Christian parents must be alert to the fact that many higher education institutions present godless content and
During a recent visit to a church, one high school senior said to me, “I do not want to attend Ohio Christian because I want a real-world education.” I’m sure he has his own definition of what
A Model of Faithful Giving image

A Model of Faithful Giving

A Model of Faithful Giving image

Published: October 2, 2013

Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years of Lewis and Anna Brevard’s giving that so clearly spoke of lives characterized by stewardship. That check was the last of many that had been faithfully given to support the ministries they had felt directed to support throughout their lives. Lewis and Anna Brevard were not only faithful in giving of their treasure, but also of their time and talent.A gifted guitarist and singer, Lewis always
Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years of Lewis and Anna Brevard’s giving that so clearly spoke of lives characterized by stewardship. That check was the last of many that had been faithfully given to support the ministries they had felt
Two days after Anna Brevard passed from this life, the last check she sent to support the ministry of OCU arrived in the mailroom. It wasn’t the amount of that check but rather the faithful years