Should the Church Teach Tithing?:A Theologian's Conclusions about a Taboo Doctrineby Russell Earl Kelly
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… See more details below
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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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.
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?
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!!!