Dr. Robert J. Cara

Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament and Provost and Chief Academic Officer

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Pennsylvania State University, B.S.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div.
Westminster Theological Seminary, Ph.D.


Dr. Robert J. Cara is the Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament at RTS-Charlotte and Provost and Chief Academic Officer for the RTS institution.  He has been a professor at RTS since 1993. Dr. Cara was an engineer for seven years before the Lord re-directed him toward seminary. As a former college basketball player for Penn State-Capitol, he has developed a reputation as an energetic and challenging classroom teacher, and he is a personable scholar who is very student oriented. In addition to the traditional New Testament topics, Dr. Cara's academic interests include relating the New Testament to Reformed Theology, creeds, hermeneutics, Second Temple Judaism documents, and narrative criticism. In addition to numerous book reviews and articles, he has written a commentary on 1 & 2 Thessalonians and a forthcoming book critiquing the New Perspective on Paul.  Dr. Cara has several courses available on RTS iTunes U and the RTS Mobile app, which can be listened to for free. As an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Dr. Cara has been very involved at both the presbytery and synod levels. He is a former vice-moderator of the denomination and for several years was the chairman of the denominational Inter-Church Relations Committee. He preaches regularly in the Charlotte area.


  • New Perspective on Judaism and Paul: A Traditional Reformed Evaluation, Christian Focus, Mentor, in progress.
  • “Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church: History of Psalm Singing.” Pages vii-x in The ARP Psalter with Bible Songs. Pittsburgh: Crown & Covenant, 2011. Co-authored with C. Earl Linderman.
  • A Study Commentary on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. EP Study Commentary. Webster, NY: Evangelical Press, 2009.
  • “Redemptive-Historical Themes in the Westminster Larger Catechism.” Pages 55-76 in The Westminster Confession of Faith in the 21st Century. Vol. 3. Ed. Ligon Duncan. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus, Mentor, 2009.
  • “The Witness of John.” Tabletalk 33, no. 2 (February 2009): 18-21.
  • “Worshiping All Aspects of God, Part 1 and 2.” The Associate Reformed Presbyterian (April-May, 2005):4-7, 5-22.
  • “NAPARC: ARP Self-Description.” Minutes of General Synod of the Associate Presbyterian Reformed Church: 2001. 23-25. Co-authored with John Dawson and Jack Whytock.
  • “The Ambiguous Characterization of Barnabas in Acts 15:36-41.” Ph.D. diss., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2001.
  • “Praying before Meals: The Reason and the Advantages.” The Southern Charity Ledger (Spring 1999): 28-29.
  • “Implicit and Explicit Messages.” Faith and Practice 2 (1996): 15-21.
  • “In Acts: Baptism Signifies Ministry Gifts.” Faith and Practice 1 (1996): 27-32.
  • Book review of Dwayne H. Adams’ The Sinner in Luke. The Evangelical Theological Society Monograph Series. JETS 51 (2008): 845-47.
  • Book review of Chris VanLandingham’s Judgment & Justification in Early Judaism and the Apostle Paul. WTJ 70 (2008): 388-92.
  • Book Review of I. Howard Marshall’s New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One GospelReformation21 (January 2006). Online: http//www.reformation21.jorg/Shelf_Live/Shelf_Live/148/?vobId=2030&pm=338
  • Book Review of Colin R. Nicholl’s From Hope to Despair in Thessalonica: Situating 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Themelios 30 (2005): 93.
  • Book Review of Greg Beale’s 1-2 Thessalonians, IVPNTC. JETS 48 (2005): 394-96.

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