Should the Church Teach Tithing?:A Theologian's Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrine

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This 364 page book began as a Ph.D. dissertation. It is an easy to read reference commentary which also contains many Greek and Hebrew word studies, and an extensive bibliography. Every tithing text is covered, plus every possible extension of it in the New Testament. The author demonstrates how the Church must replace this last taboo remnant of the Old Covenant Law and enter fully into must better New Covenant provisions for accomplishing God's work. No stone is left uncovered. A thorough historical survey of ...
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Overview

This 364 page book began as a Ph.D. dissertation. It is an easy to read reference commentary which also contains many Greek and Hebrew word studies, and an extensive bibliography. Every tithing text is covered, plus every possible extension of it in the New Testament. The author demonstrates how the Church must replace this last taboo remnant of the Old Covenant Law and enter fully into must better New Covenant provisions for accomplishing God's work. No stone is left uncovered. A thorough historical survey of the first 300 years of church history and verse by verse studies of key chapters adds compelling evidence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595159789
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 643,140
  • Product dimensions: 0.66 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction xiii
Section 1 Definition and Pre-Law Tithing
Chapter 1 The Origin and Definition of Tithing 3
Chapter 2 Genesis 14 Abraham, Melchizedek, and Arab Customs 12
Chapter 3 Genesis 28 Jacob's Bargain with God 34
Section 2 Tithing under the Mosaic Law
Chapter 4 Numbers 18 The Statute/Ordinance of Tithing 39
Chapter 5 Leviticus 27: 30-34 "It Is Holy to the Lord" 47
Chapter 6 Tithes Replaced Land Inheritance 55
Chapter 7 How Many Tithes? How Much Was Required? 10%, 20%, or 23 1/3%? 58
Chapter 8 Deuteronomy 12: 1-19 Deuteronomy 14:22-26 Strange Facts about Tithing 66
Chapter 9 The Poor Did Not Tithe; Jesus Did Not Tithe 72
Chapter 10 1 Samuel 8: 14-17 1 Chronicles 23-27 Kings, Tithes, and Taxes 79
Chapter 11 Amos 4: 2-6 Tithing Did Not Cover Sins 86
Chapter 12 2 Chronicles 31 King Hezekiah Restored Tithing 89
Chapter 13 Nehemiah 10-13 Nehemiah Revived Tithing 92
Chapter 14 Malachi's Rebuke: Robbing God and Robbing the Poor 96
Chapter 15 Matthew 23:23 Luke 11:41-42 Jesus Supported Tithing under the Mosaic Law 120
Chapter 16 Luke 18: 12 A Pharisee's Boast about Tithing 130
Section 3 The New Covenant and Tithing
Chapter 17 Hebrews 8; 2 Corinthians 3 A Better New Covenant 137
Chapter 18 The Christian, the Mosaic Law, and the Law of Christ 147
Section 4 Relevant Post-Calvary Texts
Chapter 19 Hebrews 7 Christ's High Priesthood Abolished Tithing 157
Chapter 20 Ephesians 2: 14-16; Colossians 2:13-17 Ordinances of the Law Ended at Calvary 187
Chapter 21 1 Peter 2:9-10 The Priesthood of Believers Eliminates the Purpose of Tithing 196
Chapter 22 1 Corinthians 9:1-19 Paul Refused His "Right" of Support 203
Chapter 23 1 Corinthians 16 Giving to Needy Saints 224
Chapter 24 1 Timothy 5: 17-20 Worthy of Double Honor 239
Chapter 25 Miscellaneous Objections 249
Section 5 Grace Giving: The Newer and Better Replaced Tithing
Chapter 26 Chafer and Walvoord on New Covenant Giving 263
Chapter 27 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 Grace Principles of Giving Out-Perform Law Principles of Giving 267
Chapter 28 Acts 20: 16-35 A Sermon and Example to Preachers 277
Section 6 Secular History, Ethics, and Summary
Chapter 29 A Church History of Tithing Since Calvary 295
Chapter 30 Ethical Considerations of Tithing under Grace 316
Chapter 31 Summary of Reasons to Replace Tithing 326
Chapter 32 Spreading the Gospel Remains Our Calling 334
Bibliography 339
About the Author 343
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Answers to questions I didn't know to ask...

    Having grown up in church my whole life I would not have even thought to question the biblical basis for the modern tithe. As a financial adviser I have frequently witnessed bad teaching on money taught from ministers with good hearts that misinterpreted context of the biblical passage they use to make their point.

    I read this book on my quest to learn how to calculate the tithe. Dr. Kelly teaches answers to this question and so many more. It is not a light read because of the depth of information. However, is very valuable to understanding the history of tithing, how it was calculated and how the tithe applies to our walk with God today.

    The reason I chose this book instead of others that are available was simple. In reviewing Dr. Kelly's website and reading page upon page that he freely made available as a preview I felt that I could get answers. I was not interested in a rant or another opinion heavy book with little study of the word. This book delivered above and beyond in teaching the history of tithing from before the mosaic law to post Calvary. If you are seeking a quality study of the bible as it relates to tithing then I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Tithing teachers won't touch this one......

    There is no doubt that this is the most thorough work on tithing that's one can receive, and am just saying this because he's my colleague and fellow laborer in this Truth. Minister, Jonathan Kithcart, author of Did The Apostle Paul Teach Tithing To The Church?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2002

    Incredible book! The most thorough examination of Scripture on the subject I've read!

    Should the Church teach tithing? This is a question that, it seems, more and more Christians are desiring an answer to today. Certainly there are many different opinions that exist on the subject. But what does God's Word clearly teach on the matter? After personally reading more than 40 books, commentaries, lexicons, Bible dictionaries and various study aids and position articles on this subject (from all different perspectives), I came across Dr. Kelly's book. To be honest I wasn't expecting to be surprised much after all of my previous reading and study on the subject, but Dr. Kelly's book was a mind-blower and very refreshing! Should The Church Teach Tithing, by theologian Russel Earl Kelly, Ph. D. (343 pages), is one of the most thorough and intriguing investigations of the biblical tithe I have read to date. This book answers questions and challenges against many traditional arguments and misconceptions that have been made concerning the subject of tithing and also traces the early development of church support as found in the Church Fathers before Nicea. The writing is completely void of negative critical commentary, yet presents the biblical truth in a fascinating, precise and clear cut manner. Kelly also offers his insight and perspective concerning the mysterious biblical character known as Melchizedek and offers some surprising conclusions. Russel Earl Kelly's work is accompanied by scores of quality references and a multitude of Scriptural support for each point made. The reader is encouraged and given the resources to do their own biblical investigation into the subject along with the author. This is a book that will encourage Christians in the area of understanding the tithe and true, biblical, New Covenant giving principles. It will help the reader to understand clearly when tithing originated, why it was implemented in the Law and how it has been fulfilled completely through Christ. Wonderful emphasis is made upon the priesthood of the believer in Jesus Christ, his New Covenant privilege of intimate relationship with God and the role this plays in blessing others. No biblical stone is left unturned in this amazing presentation. I believe this book has the potential to strengthen the understanding of many pastors and evangelists who have commonly taught tithing to the Church. If a person is teachable and eager to embrace the simple Word of God, this book will be an exciting, fresh look into the subject of Christian stewardship and right perspectives on biblical giving principles. It is an absolute must read for anyone desiring to better understand and embrace biblical truth and right doctrine as it concerns this topic. Just an amazing book, highly recommended!!!

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