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TITHE IN SCRIPTURE

BEING CHAPTERS FROM “THE SACRED TENTH"

WITH A REVISED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON TITHE-PAYING
AND SYSTEMATIC AND PROPORTIONATE GIVING

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cHAPLAIN of MoRDEN college, BLACKHEATH,
Author of “THE sacred TENTH,” “TH Rough siberia,” “Russian cent RAL Asia,”
“chinese central Asia," Etc.

“All the tithe of the land . . . is the Lora's : it is holy unto the Lord.”—I.Ev. xxvii. 30.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, . . . and prove Me now herewith, . . . if I
will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not
be room enough to receive it.”—MAL. iii. Io.

“In all thy gifts show a cheerful countenance, and set apart thy tithes with gladness.”—
Ecclus. xxxv. 9.

“Ye tithe mint and anise and cummin . . . ; these ought ye to have done.”—MAtt. xxiii. 23.
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PREFACE
HERE are, happily, throughout the world,

many persons of all countries and in every

clime who recognise that it is a religious and moral obligation to give ; and the publication of The Sacred Tenth has brought to the knowledge of the Author that, as in past ages, so now, many earnest people not only approve but practise the principle of setting aside from their incomes “not less than a tenth for God.”

Some of these have suggested that inasmuch as the two volumes of The Sacred Tenth are not, and cannot be, within the reach of all, it is very desirable that there should be published apart, at least those portions thereof which are directly concerned with Holy Scripture.

Hence the appearance of the following chapters, to which is. added a revised edition of the original bibliográphy with additions up to date. That these Scriptural-; studies; may help many inquirers to “perceive àid kiöw” what is the mind and will of God respecting their giving, and that they may have “grace and power faithfully to perform the same,” is the prayer and fervent desire of the Author.

HENRY LANSDELL, D.D.

MORDEN COLLEGE, BLACKHEATH, S.E.
Whitsunfide, 1908.

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CHAPTER VII
TITHING IN THE APOCR YPHA PAGEs

Apocryphal books illustrative of Jewish antiquities, 78.-Tobit pays three tithes, 79.—Judith dedicates spoils of war, 79– Offerings by Demetrius, Heliodorus, King Seleucus, and Judas Maccabeus, 80.-Liberality and tithe-paying urged in Tobit and Ecclesiasticus, 82.-Summary of evidence from Apocrypha, 85 . 78–86

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CHAPTER VIII

7A/AMUD/C 7TEACHIAWG OM 7THE FIRST AAWD
SECOAVD 777 HES

The Talmud: Mishna and Gemara, 87.-Divisions and transla-
tions of Mishna, 88.-Book VII., on first tithe, regulates what
is to be tithed, and when, 88.—Tithing applied to business
transactions, 89.--Tithing cooked fruit, transplanted vege-
tables, and ant-hills, 91.-Rules concerning the second tithe,
92.—Not to be exchanged, nor coins for it reckoned common,
93.—Redemption of the second tithe, 95.—Second tithe in
relation to reciting Mosaic formula, 96 - - - 87–97

CHAPTER IX
THE “DEMAZ,” OR DovbTFUL TITHE

The Demai, or doubtful tithe, 98.-Its exemptions, differences,
and minute requirements, 98.-Its bearing on the unedu-
cated, on buying and selling, exchange of corn, payment of
rent, and acceptance of hospitality, 99.—Four tithes recog-
nized in the Talmud, and their application to all classes, Io2.
—Antiquity of Talmudic bye-laws, and their influence when
Christianity appeared, Ioq e - e - - 98—IO4

ToleW) (segtament CHAPTER X CHR/S 7”.S. A 7"T/TUDE AAWD EXAMPLE AS TO 777 HAVG

Jews, in the time of Christ, ruled by Gentiles, Io;.--Tithing among the Romans, Samaritans, and Palestine Jews, 106.Essenes, Sadducees, and Pharisees, Io'7.—The Pharisees, tithe-payers far excellence, and how admitted to membership, Io8.—Varieties of Pharisees, and our Lord's attitude towards them, IoS.—Prevalence of tithe-paying, and impossibility of

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