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Tithing: an evaluation of the Biblical background

L. Moretsi
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 43, No 2 | a229 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v43i2.229 | © 1970 L. Moretsi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 July 2009 | Published:

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L. Moretsi, School of Biblical Sciences & Ancient Languages, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa

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Abstract

Tithe was practised in the Old Testament, but the New Testa- ment emphasises the attitude of the giver. Giving money is about relationships and goodwill. It is important that church members value their churches and commit themselves as con- stant givers. Tithing can be traced throughout the Old Testa- ment to the New Testament (cf. Heb.). This article will begin with an introduction that offers the practical situation that com- pelled the institution of the tithe, followed by the Biblical background of tithing and an explanation of the goods or produce that was subject to the tithe. This will be followed by an investigation of the Old Testament perspective on tithing, including a consideration of the first fruits, the offering and the theological implications. Subsequent to this, the New Testa- ment perspectives will receive attention. The NIV translation will be used as it is accepted as a good and reliable translation.

Keywords

First Fruits; Giving Voluntary; Offering; Sacrifice; tithe

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