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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:

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OCU Psychology Dept. Launches New Initiative

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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
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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
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Don’t Hold Back - Missions Chapel 2016

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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

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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
Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Ohio Christian Online Ministry Degree Ranked in Nation’s Top 20

Published: January 14, 2016

Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource. Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to their needs, and to work closely with a diverse group of peers and professors. Students have many baccalaureate program options: Biblical Studies, Church Planting, Organizational Leadership,
Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource. Students in Ohio Christian University’s online Bachelor of Leadership and Ministry program have many opportunities to direct the flow of their education through a concentration that is most suitable to
Ohio Christian University’s Adult and Graduate Studies online Ministry degree ranked in the nation’s top 20, according to OnlineSchoolsCenter.com — an online, higher education resource.