shalomWhat I appreciate most about this translation (called the Tree of Life Version , or the TLV) of the Psalms is that it unapologetically maintains the Jewishness of the Psalms. While our translations, English or otherwise, struggle to maintain the original tone of Jewishness in the Old and New Testament, the TLV wrestles to bring some of that Jewishness back while not being entirely wooden.

The layout of Shalom in Psalms is simple: after each Psalm there is a short and commentary on that Psalm by one of three authors, or at times there will be two authors together, offering their insight. The commentary takes you verse by verse but in a very brief manner, aimed at being more devotional than academic.

I absolutely loved the treatment of Psalm 22. As Christians we often read this Psalm and allow ourselves to be transported automatically to the rugged cross of our Lord, not realizing that the author (who we (mostly) presume is David) is actually going through turmoil. Meaning, Psalm 22 is about his experience and is only later applied to Jesus.

As mentioned, Shalom in Psalms is more for devotional reading than critical study. I personally have thoroughly enjoyed it and am happy to add it to my collection of books though I will use it “devotionally” rather than the study of Scripture.

*I received my copy free in exchange for an honest review from Baker