KLEPTOMANIAC is a journey into the annuals of biblical history concerning what the Bible teaches about tithing and giving. This book will take you on the proverbial archeological quest to uncover the true meaning of biblical words that deal with money. When confusion exists about what certain words mean in the Bible, such as tithe, tithing, tenth or ten percent, this book will examine the Hebrew and Greek language to bring to life what these words actually mean in context. This book will upend the common beliefs held by believers concerning giving and tithing based on the history of the original people of the Bible and how they related to money. From the very beginning to the end of the book, everything is supported by Scripture and research. You will know from the onset why the author, Dr. Frank Chase Jr., wrote the book and learn about his personal story of what happened as a result of embracing New Covenant giving principles from the New Testament. No book asks questions like this book. And some of those questions are: does the Bible talk about tithing? Did God change the tithe at some point in biblical history? Are first fruits money? Is the tithe food or money? Is the church the storehouse? Did Jesus, Paul and the Disciples tithe? Did the early church honor a money tithe system? Are Christians really cursed for not tithing ten percent of their income?
Frank Chase, Jr. was born in 1959. He is the son of Frank Chase and Romaine Berry. He grew up in Baltimore Md. and graduated from Walbrook High School in 1978. After high school, Frank spent four years in the United States Army and during that time became a follower of the Messiah. After completing his tour of duty, he attended Washington State University (WSU) and graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Because Frank believes in education, he pursued religious degrees and graduated from North Carolina College of Theology with a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, a Master of Arts in Theology, and a Doctor of Theology. You can follow is blog at http://tithenomore.com and the ebook is available on now on Book Baby and the paperback June 1st at https://store.bookbaby.com/book/kleptomaniac. For signed copies go to the Author's website at http://www.fcpublishing.com/about_kleptomaniac
When I started writing this book, my first step was to figure out what the word tithe meant from an orthodox Hebraic perspective. People get confused about tithing because they have a limited understanding of how the practice of tithing worked in the Bible. A lack of understanding leads many people to never embark on a word study exercise to empirically define the word tithe because they rely on others in the pulpit to define what scripture means without personal study. You can't present a theological position or argument without defining the word with an empirical definition. I cringe when I hear tithing statements such as, tithing is not just money; it's your time or talent. I have to constantly say that these definitions have no association with the form, fit and function of the tithe. Donating your money, time and talent to your church is a function of charity. Not only did I examine biblical definitions, I also consulted with Jewish experts on the matter. Many of them know the tithe is not money, but seemed puzzled why Christians conclude out of context that a tithe is money. Because Christianity has its beginnings in Judaism and Hebraic traditions, you must seek wisdom from expert Jewish scholars to help in defining the term tithe.
The Revell Bible Dictionary defines the tithe as “The contribution of one-tenth of one’s crops and livestock required in the Old Testament for sacred purposes.”11 Unlike Webster’s Dictionary, this definition specifically addresses the context of Leviticus and does not add an additional meaning by insinuating that Israel paid tithes in kind—that is money. Some people who tithe money mistakenly believe that any amount of money or percentage given to a Church represents a biblical tithe. The problem is, no percentage of money whether from 0 to 100 percent represents a tithe according to what God requires.
Halley’s Bible Handbook defines tithe as, “One-tenth of the produce of the land and of the increase of flocks and herds was to be given to God; this is called the tithe.”12 There is no confusion with this definition because the author, Henry Halley, does not “try to force the text to mean something that fits his existing belief or understanding of a particular issue or doctrine.”13 The two definitions properly define the tithe by pulling out of the text the context of what is there instead of reading or forcing into the text what is clearly not stated in the Scripture. There is no superimposing a pre-existing theological bent onto the text, but if one does, that would be applying an interpretation process called eisegesis.