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It is clear that Jesus expected his itinerant disciples, who traveled in pairs from town to town, to be provided for by those grateful for the Good News and for redemption and healing. From Paul's writings we know that Paul felt deserving of financial support from Christians to whom he ministered, but he declined it.
Instead he did manual labor to earn his food and lodging. Paul was also collecting money to take back to the poor in Jerusalem, and he expected and instructed believers in each locale to contribute to the fund. Near the end of the 1st century, the Didache communities also were expected to provide their "first fruits" for the prophets and teachers that stayed with them.
With all of the above, generosity towards the poor they encountered was expected of all. Up to this point there was no mention of tithes or any other fixed percentage of income or property that should be contributed to the support of the house churches, the clergy, or to the poor.
By that time, there was considerable theological conflict between the mainstream Jews and the Jewish Christians, so it is highly unlikely that tithing per se was done by those earliest Christians.
As Everett Ferguson, a recognized authority on early Christian history, points out below, "Tithing was not practiced, being suspended with the end of the Old Testament.
Like Paul, some who preached and taught simply continued their day jobs to support their ministry. Whatever were the circumstances of each of the earliest Christian churches, giving was expected, but the amount given was up to each individual. Each believer's contributions were considered blessed to the extent that they represented a heartfelt love for and gratitude to God, an appreciation of and support for the Christian ministers and teachers, and an unconditional love of the poor, of enemies, and of others in need.
After all, whatever each believer had -- possessions, income, and abilities -- was really God's. Each believer was just a trustee of -- a witness for -- what was in fact God's.
It was to be used in His service as each believer was inspired to use it to represent God's purpose, goodness, mercy, and love.
For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.
You must do what I told the churches in Galatia to do. But, just as I said, you will be ready with your help. Then it will be ready when I arrive, and it will show that you give because you want to, not because you have to. Niederwimmer dates the Didache's sources hypothetically as late 1st century and its actual writing between A.
An impressive group of scholars variously dates it somewhere between 80 and A. Every true prophet that wishes to abide among you is worthy of his food. Likewise, a true teacher is himself worthy, as the workman of his food.
Every first-fruit, therefore, of the products of the wine-press and the threshing-floor, of oxen and of sheep, you will take and give to the prophets, for they are your high priests. But if you haved no prophet, give it to the poor beggars. If you make a batch of dough, take the first-fruit and give according to the commandment.
So also when you open a jar of wine or of oil, take the first-fruit and give it to the prophets. Of silver and of clothing and of every possession, take the first-fruits, as it seems appropriate to you, and give according to the commandment. Justin Martyr written A. As for the persons who are prosperous and are willing, they give what each thinks fit.
Irenaeus written around A. And he said to love not only our neighbors but also our enemies, and to be givers and sharers not only with the good but also to be liberal givers toward those who take away our possessions.
Irenaeus written A. For there were both offerings there [among the Jews] and there are offerings here [among the Christians]. Sacrifices there were among the [Israelite] people; sacrifices there are, too, in the church. Only the outward form has been changed.
For the offering is now made, not by slaves, but by free men In contrast, those who have received liberty set aside all their possessions for the Lord's purposes, bestowing joyfully and freely not the less valuable portions of their property, since they have the hope of better things.
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