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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
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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
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

First Students Begin in New OCU Atlanta-Morrow Location! image

First Students Begin in New OCU Atlanta-Morrow Location!

First Students Begin in New OCU Atlanta-Morrow Location! image

Published: September 28, 2013

On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas serves as the Director of Enrollment and Operations in Morrow and started with OCU in August. Ms. Latonya Holmes serves as Corporate Developer and Recruiter and began this past July. Dr. Tim Eades, Assistant Provost and Vice President stated, “Dr. Thomas and Ms. Holmes have accomplished an amazing feat in reaching out to the Morrow community and opening the facility to serve students in
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas serves as the Director of Enrollment and Operations in Morrow and started with OCU in August. Ms. Latonya Holmes serves as Corporate Developer and Recruiter and began this past July. Dr. Tim
On Thursday, September 26, 2013, Ohio Christian University opened the doors and welcomed thirteen new students at OCU’s newest location, 1550 Southlake Parkway in Morrow, Georgia. Dr. Shawn Thomas
Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad

Modeling the value of a Christian Education: If It’s Good Enough for Dad image

Published: June 7, 2013

Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in Business.It really should come as no surprise that Ted Murphy would go back to school to get his degree when you see how he honors God in his community, church and workplace. Serving as a North Lewisburg
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good enough for me.” But Ted Murphy wanted more for himself and more for his children. Two weeks later he registered for classes at Ohio Christian University to begin working on a Bachelor of Arts in
Four years ago he was denied a promotion due to his lack of a degree. His children were headed down the same road with the all too common attitude, “If it was good enough for Dad then it’s good
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Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning

Faculty and Students Present Research on Hybrid Learning image

Published: April 15, 2013

On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its benefits.“As someone who takes the teaching portion of my job very seriously, I felt it my duty as a professional to investigate trends in higher education,” Dr. Sylvia McDonald said.McDonald and
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented on the topic of “Professor Immediacy in Hybrid Classes: Do Hybrids Make the Grade?”At a faculty workshop in 2010, OCU Provost Dr. Hank Kelly challenged faculty to look into the hybrid model and its
On Friday, January 4, 2013, Dr. Sylvia McDonald, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Jodi Irvine, a senior psychology major, and Psych Club President,(material in italics need added) presented
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Faculty Presents Research on Counselors’ Acute Stress Reaction

Faculty Presents Research on Counselors’ Acute Stress Reaction image

Published: April 15, 2013

On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors After Learning of the Accidental Overdose Death of Their Patients: A Series of Six Cases.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students, and members of the community.  While Kelch was pursuing his doctorate degree, the university was offering a service called “Therapy for the Therapist.”  He was intrigued by the statistics on opiates being a leading cause of accidental death and
On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors After Learning of the Accidental Overdose Death of Their Patients: A Series of Six Cases.” The presentation was attended by OCU faculty, students, and members of the community.  While Kelch was
On April 3, Dr. Benjamin Kelch, Affiliate Professor in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies,  presented his research on the “Development of Acute Stress Reaction in Substance Abuse Counselors
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Students Present Research Findings

Students Present Research Findings image

Published: April 2, 2013

On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands in a service is one example of behaviors they tracked. They witnessed individuals conformed when they received reinforcements.“The students were reinforced to conform by receiving something desired
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a psychology junior, along with three other students conducted an observational study during Midwestern university church services to track the factors associated with conformity. The raising of hands
On March 20, students in the psychology department presented their research findings on religious conformity, behavioral modification, and obesity in the evangelical community.Sarah Rykwalder, a