kwrandolph at email.com
Fri Mar 10 13:36:45 EST 2006
Torah reflects an agricultural society where all
goods revolved around food stuffs, including pay
for work. Very little was valued in units of pay
other than agricultural products. Barter was the
main form of exchange. Even international trade
was carried out on the barter system using food
as the measure of value, c.f. Solomon's pay to
Hiram for building products.
The widespread use of coinage postdates Tanakh.
I expect that the Christian practice comes from
Jewish practice as it developed after Tanakh but
before the New Testament.
Karl W. Randolph.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kevin Riley" <klriley at alphalink.com.au>
> Just reading in Malachi 3 and a thought occurred to me: Had the definition
> of "tithe" changed from the one in Leviticus [crops and herds] towards the
> one used in Christianity [all income whether goods or money] or does that
> post-date the break between Judaism and Christianity. I just had a feeling
> I may have been reading something into the text that isn't there. Checking
> the meaning of "McSR " didn't help as it was basically "tithe", "one tenth".
> Did Judaism move towards tithing other than agricultural produce?
> Kevin Riley
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