Traditional biblical theology, Professor Brueggemann states, with its commitment to the speculative values of sin and salvation and its middle-American manifestations of evangelical pietism and neo-orthodoxy, is incapable of meeting today's human problems. What is needed is a theology which emphasizes the world, which celebrates culture and human responsibility. The author finds the elements of this new approach in the wisdom tradition of the Old Testament and particularly in the Book of Proverbs. He explores the era -- the United Monarchy -- which produced that tradition, and suggests that the issues which characterized it are the same as those which are present today -- power, freedom, responsibility. Within that framework he relates the wisdom tradition to such contemporary trends as ""situation ethics"" and the death-of-God movement. Finally, he discusses the implications of a revival of the wisdom tradition for the ministry. What the book does, in the final analysis, is to suggest sound biblical foundations for a movement of secularization which has already taken hold in the Christian churches. As such, it will be useful not only to theologians, but to those actively engaged in pastoral work, particularly among the young.