:: Tithing & The Law Of Moses ::
Continuing our look at tithing, (Giving Back: A look at tithing through the Bible) we are jumping into the tithing practices of the ancient Israelites. Most Christians have heard of the passage in Malachi (a favorite among pastors), but few know the origin of the Jewish tithe. For that, we need to look at the Law of Moses.
Below is an infographic of the Old Testament tithes and how they were used in Israelite society. The interesting thing is, there is not one tithe as most would expect, there are actually three. But that is not the only surprise, how they used the tithe is just as unfamiliar as how many there were. So follow along and read up on this very important practice. Make sure you comment or tweet me so we can keep the conversation going.
(for the more technical notes on the graphic, please see below the infographic)
Tithing In the Old Testament: The Technical Notes
For the observant in the room, (that’s you), you will notice that there are actually four tithes in the scriptures provided: the Levite tithe, the Priestly tithe, the Festival tithe, and the Charity tithe. But since the Priestly tithe is just a sub-tithe of the Levite tithe, I decided not to include it in the graphic.
There is some debate in the Christian community as to if there were three separate tithes or if there was a mixture of tithes so that at any given year you were paying one tithe, albeit for a different purpose. But since the majority of 1st century Jewish testimony offers the view of three separate tithes, that is what I went with.