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The Covenantal Tithe
Sept. 29, 2012
I wrote this book in 2011. It was published by American Vision as a paperback. The publisher has run out of copies. So, I am posting it here.
There has been a long debate over whether the tithe is mandatory in the New Covenant era after the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. It is still mandatory. I debated this position in 2011 in the book, Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views.
In the Old Covenant, the tithe was given to ordained priests. They collected a tenth from the Levites, who in turn collected a tenth from rural residents who were heirs of the conquest under Joshua. In the New Covenant, it is paid by members of churches to their local congregations.
Tithing began when Abram, a household priest, paid a tithe to Melchizedek, a high priest. From that time on, the tithe went to the senior priesthood from the lower priests. In Mosaic Israel, the tithe was the Levites' payment as an alternative to inheriting rural land. The tithe was their inheritance. It was owed by rural members of the Israelites' national covenant.