This is a major book of theology and is an important contribution to the discussions now taking place in Protestant circles. The thesis of the book is that the Old Testament and the New give the basis for a unified approach to theology. The author terms that approach ""prophetic realism"" in distinction from the humanistic and apocalyptic views which are prevalent. The phrase ""prophetic realism"" is subject to misinterpretation as the author admits when he explains it is ""evangelicalism brought down to date"". Professor Bowman stands in the Niebuhrian line of thought. He even uses Niebuhr's latest terminology in stating that man's knowledge of God comes through the functioning of the prophetic ""dialogue between God and man"". He admittedly writes primarily for theological students although he timidly expresses the hope that some pastors may find this book grist to the mill. It is a clear and readable exposition -- perhaps most noteworthy for its contribution that the message of the Old and New Testaments is essentially one message.