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BEING CHAPTERS FROM "THE SACRED TENTH"
WITH A REVISED BIBLIOGRAPHY ON TITHE-PAYING
AND SYSTEMATIC AND PROPORTIONATE GIVING
HENRY LANSDELL, D.D.
CHAPLAIN OF MORDEN COLLEGE, BLACKHEATH,
“CHINESE CENTRAL ASIA,” ETC.
“ All the tithe of the land ... is the Lora's: it is holy unto the Lord.”-LEV. xxvii. 30.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, . and prove Me now herewith,
“ In all thy gifts show a cheerful countenance, and set apart thy tithes with gladness.”—
“ Ye tilhe mint and anise and cummin ...: these ought ye to have done.”-Matt. xxiii. 23.
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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 bibliography with additions up to date. That these Scriptural studies may help many inquirers to “perceive and know what is the mind and will of God respecting their giving, and that they may have v
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.
failure in tithe-paying, 7.-Bearing of the Septuagint on
the rejection of Cain's offering, 8.-Sacrifices of Noah,
Abram, and Jacob, II
ABRAM AND JACOB
Abram's tithe to Melchizedek, 13.-Tithing traced to Babylonia,
15.-Extent of Abram's tithes, 15.— Jacob's vow and its
confirmation of tithe-paying, 17.-Scientific deduction from
patriarchal tithing, 18.-Hypothesis for primeval origin of
tithe-paying, 19.-Adam's sons presumably the first tithe-
payers, 19.-Absence of written law, and silence of Genesis,
no objection thereto, 21.–Pagan tithe-paying not learnt from
Jewish Scriptures, 21
ISRAEL'S THREE TITHES
Tithe-paying expressly enjoined in the Pentateuch, 24.—The first
tithe, and observations thereon, 24.-Given by God to the
Levites, 25.—The second, or festival, tithe ; its object, mode
of payment, and personal benefit to the offerer, 26.—The
third, or poor's, tithe, 30.—Not a substitute for second tithe,
as witnessed by Tobit, Josephus, and others; Maimonides to
the contrary, notwithstanding, 32.--The third tithe, by
modern comparison, not excessive, 34
shaphat, 64.-Giving in the times of Elijah and Elisha, 64.---
Church repairs under Joash, 66.—Amos on Israel's tithes,
67.—Hezekiah's restoration of Passover, tithe-paying, and
firstfruits, 68.-Temple repairs and offerings under Josiah,
70.-IV. After the Captivity, 71.–Offerings from Cyrus,
71.- Rebuilding and presents to Temple under Ezra, 72.-
Malachi's "robbery" for withholding tithes, 73.-Nehemiah's
offering, and the people's oath concerning tithes, 73.–
Tithing organized, 74.- Review of tithing from Joshua to
TALMUDIC TEACHING ON THE FIRST AND
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
THE “DEMAI” OR DOUBTFUL 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, 102.
-Antiquity of Talmudic bye-laws, and their influence when
Christianity appeared, 104
CHRIST'S ATTITUDE AND EXAMPLE AS TO TITHING
Jews, in the time of Christ, ruled by Gentiles, 105.—Tithing
among the Romans, Samaritans, and Palestine Jews, 106.-
Essenes, Sadducees, and Pharisees, 107.-The Pharisees,
tithe-payers par excellence, and how admitted to membership,
108.–Varieties of Pharisees, and our Lord's attitude towards
them, 108.- Prevalence of tithe-paying, and impossibility of