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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

Ohio Christian Prepares for Students Return image

Ohio Christian Prepares for Students Return

Ohio Christian Prepares for Students Return image

Published: August 8, 2019

With just three days before athletes move in to the dorms and the remainder of students coming a week later, resident assistants (RA) had an active first day on campus. The RA’s moved back into the dorms on Aug 7 and immediately got to know one another through team building activities. For the male RAs this began with a “Wild West” name learning game complete with finger six-shooters. After demonstrating who had the fastest name learning skills in the west, Resident Director Kasey Summerer led them to the disc golf course for a friendly game. The group of guys bonded as they “brushed
With just three days before athletes move in to the dorms and the remainder of students coming a week later, resident assistants (RA) had an active first day on campus. The RA’s moved back into the dorms on Aug 7 and immediately got to know one another through team building activities. For the male RAs this began with a “Wild West” name learning game complete with finger six-shooters. After
With just three days before athletes move in to the dorms and the remainder of students coming a week later, resident assistants (RA) had an active first day on campus. The RA’s moved back into the
Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion

Ohio Christian Hosts Youth Explosion image

Published: July 29, 2019

Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian Center Lead Pastor Perry Payne. Each day of camp kicked off with a student led devotional going over the Beatitudes of Jesus followed by real life breakout sessions. After lunch, students
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide the opportunity to experience God in a real and impactful way. “This year, the theme is that God made them special and how to discover their gifts and talents to glorify Him” said Marion Christian
Ohio Christian University was happy to host the Youth Explosion camp on July 25 through 28. The camp was organized by the Marion Christian Center’s Youth Ministry. The event was meant to provide
Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit

Ohio Christian to Host Fifth Annual Forge Leadership Summit image

Published: July 19, 2019

Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings, professional development programs and listen to over two dozen renowned speakers on current issues. “Forge is raising up a farm system for the conservative movement in the state [of Ohio],” said Co-
Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into their yearlong mentorship academy to develop the next generation of conservative leaders. Forge will welcome 75-80 young adults to the summit where they will participate in dynamic trainings,
Ohio Christian University will host the fifth annual Forge Leadership Summit on July 23-27. The five-day conference is the Forge Leadership Network’s foundational event that on-ramps students into
Student is coached as they study

OCU Improves Retention Through Persistence and Completion Academy

Student is coached as they study

Published: July 18, 2019

Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas to improve retention and graduation rates. Through this collaboration, Ohio Christian has worked on several initiatives for both the Adult
Ohio Christian University has participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy for the past two years. This group of around 20 institutions collaborate on ideas
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

Archived Articles of Interest

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest image

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest

Secretary of State Husted Shares Plan to Innovate and Invest image

Published: September 10, 2018

Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills through funding completion of 10,000 training certificates for skills such as basic computer software coding and data analytics. Short courses will cost around $600 each, offered by the likes of the
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General Mike DeWine’s and his “Ohio Prosperity Plan” that they will implement if elected Ohio Governor and Lt. Governor. The Plan provides for training to give Ohioans 21st-century technology job skills
Secretary of State Jon A. Husted met with Ohio Christian University (OCU), Circleville, and Pickaway County officials at the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to discuss Attorney General
Criminal Justice Students Watch K-9 Search Demo

Criminal Justice Program Keeps Students Current

Criminal Justice Students Watch K-9 Search Demo

Published: September 7, 2018

Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice Advisory Council meeting. The Council collaborates with the Criminal Justice Program director to ensure students receive a current and comprehensive curriculum that prepares them to succeed in
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an Ohio penal institution, and observing canine-assisted narcotics crime apprehension. Criminal Justice Advisory Council Meeting OCU’s Criminal Justice Department held its annual Criminal Justice
Ohio Christian University (OCU) Criminal Justice Program students participated in several learning enrichment events recently that included attending expert advisory council discussions, touring an
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Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

Ohio Christian Named Champions of Character Five-Star Institution image

Published: September 5, 2018

CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star Institution Award.  The Champions of Character Scorecard measures growth in training, promotion, conduct in competition and commitment in five key areas with a possibility of earning 100 points.
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA schools use the Champions of Character scorecard to measure the pursuit of character-driven athletics. Schools scoring a minimum of 60 out of 100 points earn the Champions of Character Five-Star
CIRCLEVILLE, OH – Ohio Christian University is pleased to announce that they have been named an NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution for the 2017-18 academic year.  Each year, NAIA
2018 OCU Fall Move-In Day Proves One of Best! image

2018 OCU Fall Move-In Day Proves One of Best!

2018 OCU Fall Move-In Day Proves One of Best! image

Published: August 18, 2018

Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled day.  Greeted by “#OCUMoveIn - Welcome Home” posters, an eager class of new students streamed into the University’s Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) to sign in, check into dorms, and finish financial arrangements. Admissions staff, clad in OCU-blue polo shirts, warmly greeted the newcomers.  Blue and silver balloons festooned check-in tables where the freshmen picked up First Year
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled day.  Greeted by “#OCUMoveIn - Welcome Home” posters, an eager class of new students streamed into the University’s Ministry and Performing Arts Center (MPAC) to sign in, check into dorms, and
Ohio Christian University’s 2018 fall semester Move-In Day proved one of the best. As rain-laden early-day clouds dispersed, a bright sun emerged to enliven this much-anticipated and event-filled