tax of about 10% paid, in kind or in cash, to a civil or religious institution, known since antiquity

A tithe, means the tenth-part of something, usually income, paid to a religious organization. [1] A tithe can be seen as a tax, a fee for a service or a voluntary contribution.[2] [2] Tithing came from the Book of Numbers.[3] In ancient Israel, the tribes of Levites were the priests.[3] The other tribes gave tithes to the tribes of Levies because they had been given no land in Canaan.[3] Tithes may be money or crops or other valuable thing.

Mosaic law


Under the Laws of Moses a tenth part is given to the priests. Then, the priests were required to give a tenth part of what they received as an offering to God.[4] These tithes were paid once a year.



In France, tithes were taxes levied by The Roman Catholic Church before the French Revolution. Tithes were levied on the Third Estate (common people), which made up about 98% of the French population. The Tithes were taxes for land owned by members of the Third Estate. The tithe was abolished after the creation of The New Constitution of France in 1791, when the Constitution was completed.


  1. "tithe". Dictionary.com, LLC. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Alexander O. Sign, Tithe Obsolete or Relevant? (Bloomington, IN: Authorhouse, 2013), p. 2
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Niral Russell Burnett, Tithing and Still Broke: Exploring the Reasons Christians Suffer Lack (Tulsa, OK: Eternal Word Publishing, 2001), p. 70
  4. Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views, ed. David A. Croteau (Nashville, TN: B & H Academic, 2011), pp. 8–10