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The Truth About Tithing

Here is my study on tithing, a subject that usually generates more heat than light, and confusion rather than clarity. I was forced to undertake my personal study of the subject because the church I was attending made commitment to tithing a requirement for membership.

If you want to read what others have written on the subject, here is a brief bibliography:

Disclaimer: I do not necessarily endorse everything listed here. They are provided for research purposes only.

  1. Brian Anderson, Are Christians Supposed To Tithe?
  2. Brian Anderson, New Testament Giving
  3. Brian Anderson, Old Testament Tithing vs. New Testament Giving
  4. Steve Atkerson, Giving & the New Covenant - is Tithing Required?, New Testament Restoration Foundation.
  5. Richard Averbeck, "ma'aaser", New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis, 2:1035-1055. Zondervan, 1997.
  6. E.E. Carpenter, "Tithe", International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, (rev. ed.) 4:861-864. Eerdmans, 1988.
  7. Frank Clarke, 'Tithing: A New Covenant Look at an Old Covenant Practice', Searching Together 16:4 (Winter 1987): 1-7,19.
  8. Scott Collier, '"Giving" in the New Testament', Searching Together 16:4 (Winter 1987): 8-11.
  9. Tom Elseroad, Tithing.
  10. C.L. Feinberg, "Tithe", Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, 5:756-758. Zondervan, 1975-1976.
  11. Garry Friesen & J. Robin Maxson, Decision Making & the Will of God .Multnomah Press, 1980. See chapter 22, "Giving and Wisdom".
  12. George W. Greene, No More Tithing, Nehemiah Publishing, 2000.
  13. Gerald Hawthorne, "Tithe", New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, 3:851-855. Zondervan, 1978.
  14. Greg Koukl, Should Christians Tithe? Stand to Reason Ministries.
  15. Brian K. Morely, Tithe, Tithing", Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, p. 779,780. Baker Books, 1996.
  16. Stuart Murray, Beyond Tithing. Paternoster Press, 2000.
  17. Gil Rugh, Giving: A Result of Grace. Indian Hills Community Church, 1980.
  18. Ray C. Stedman, 'Giving Under Grace' [4 part series], Bibliotheca Sacra 107 (1950):317-334,468-480; 108 (1951):68-73,205-215.
  19. Pieter Verhoef, 'Tithing - A Hermeneutical Consideration', in John Skilton, ed., The Law and the Prophets. P&R; Publishers, 1974.
  20. Lukas Vischer, Tithing in the Early Church. Fortress Press, 1966.
  21. Ronald Walborn and Frank Chan, Stewardship and the Kingdom of God
  22. Michael L. Webb, Mitchell T. Webb, Beyond Tithes & Offerings. On Time Publishing, 1998.
  23. J. Christian Wilson, "Tithe", Anchor Bible Dictionary, 6:578-580. Doubleday, 1992.
  24. Jon Zens, Tithing? A New Covenant Look At An Old Covenant Practice
  25. Jon Zens, '"Each According to His Ability": Principles of New Covenant Giving', Baptist Reformation Review 8:2 (Summer 1979): 33-44.
  26. Jon Zens, 'New Covenant Giving: Reader Responses & Editorial Reply', Searching Together 16:4 (Winter 1987): 12-19.

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