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Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul (Cara)

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The New Perspective on Paul claims that the Reformed understanding of justification is wrong - that it misunderstands Paul and the Judaism with which he engages. The New Perspective's revised understanding of Second Temple Judaism provides the foundation to a new perspective. This important book seeks to show that this foundation is fundamentally faulty and cannot bear the weight it needs to carry, thus undermining the entirety of the New Perspective on Paul itself.


Robert J. Cara is Chief Academic Officer and the Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina, where he joined as a professor in 1993. He is also an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.


Robert Cara is a specialist and adds fresh arguments against the NPP interpretation. And yet, he writes in a way that makes the issues accessible to pastors who need informed responses to this influential trend.

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California, Escondido, California


Robert J. Cara's Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul is a fresh response to one of the most vigorous challenges to the Reformation's doctrine of justification in the last quarter century. Students and scholars alike will benefit from this fair-minded and firm engagement.

Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi


With impressive analysis of the historical sources, and careful attention to overlooked texts, Cara shakes the foundation of what seemed to be an unshakable system.

Michael J. Kruger, President and Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina


Robert Cara directs our attention to the primary sources, to what the texts themselves say. He writes in an engaging and accessible style, showing that a Reformational reading is faithful to Paul's theology.

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky