Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div)


Historical Theology

First Advisor

Theodore Laetsch

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Genesis 14:17ff; Hebrews 7:18-28; Genesis 28:10-22; 1 Corinthians 16:2; Leviticus 27:30-33; Numbers 18:1-32; Deuteronomy 12:5-7, 17; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Deuteronomy 26:12-15; Exodus 23:19; Deuteronomy 26:12-15; Nehemiah 10:38-39; 2 Chronicles 31:11-14; Nehemiah 12:44; Nehemiah 13:12; Leviticus 19:23-25; Numbers 15:17f; Deuteronomy 14:22-29; Exodus 29:7; Leviticus 7:14, 32, 34; Numbers 15:19; Numbers 18:8, 11; Numbers 31:41; Exodus 15:2; Exodus 30:13; Exodus 35:5; Exodus 36:3, 6; Leviticus 22:12; Numbers 5:9;


The author wishes to state that the Mosaic system of tithing has always puzzled him. It was not, however, until recent years that he began to take a deeper interest in the general subject of tithing. Due to the fact that many of our Lutheran pastors and layman are tithers, and due also to the fact that the scriptures speak so often of giving, he has taken this opportunity to investigate and trace the history and development of tithing from remote antiquity to the present day. The study is of inestimable value to him. It should be understood that no attempt has been made to go into detail on the subject of Christian giving since that would be beyond the scope of this paper. The historical background is here presented and should serve as a foundation to future approaches to tithing in general.

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