Tithe as Gift: The Institution in the Pentateuch and in Light of Mauss's Prestation Theory

Author: Herman, Menahem
Studies the biblical tithe from anthropological and theological perspectives. Explores biblical tithe as gift rather than tax, the common interpretation of the tithe to date.


"Most of his exegesis is sound, reflecting the insights of historical-critical scholarship. . . . although he acknowledges the differences between the Priestly and Deuteronomic traditions, he claims that they represent separate ways of articulating the shared idea that the tithe is a symbol of covenant loyalty. This point is well-taken, and is a significant contribution. . . . Herman's discussion of gift-exchange is straightforward and accurate. He also appropriately modifies Mauss's prestation theory in light of the ethnographic research that has been done since his formulation." - Journal of Biblical Literature