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In Western ecclesiastical law, the act of paying a percentage of one's income to further religious purposes. One of the political subdivisions of England that was composed of ten families who held freehold estates.

Residents of a tithing were joined in a society and bound to the king to maintain peaceful relations with each other. The person responsible for the administration of the tithing was called the tithing-man; he was a forerunner of the constable.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TITHING, Eng. law. Formerly a district containing ten men with their families. In each tithing there was a tithing man whose duty it was to keep the peace, as a constable now is bound to do. St. Armand, in his Historical Essay on the Legislative Power of England, p. 70, expresses, an opinion that the tithing was composed not of ten common families, but of ten families of lords of a manor.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A lot of people may not know this, but the practice of the principle of tithing precedes the establishment of the Old Covenant.
Through tithing for the poor, YSLEP will be able to empower and enrich the lives of the scholars to become leaders in their community imbued with self-discipline, moral integrity and social responsibility.
Kleptomaniac: Who's Really Robbing God Anyway is an educational book that tackles a religious taboo subject such as tithing and adds more information to an under-saturated subject in the book world concerning tithing.
The dividend will fulfil the company's tithing obligation for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2013 and will be paid on 7 March 2014, to shareholders of record on 28 February 2014.
In its calculation of the monthly amount Thompson should pay, the IRS allowed only $19,244 of his monthly expenses as necessary expenses, disallowing, among other things, his church tithing expenses.
Pausanias tells us, more generally, that the island neglected to send its tithing "through [an] immoderate desire of accumulating wealth." As a result, the gold mines were lost in a destructive flood.
Almost one hundred years ago, the Tithing and Stewardship Foundation came into being to promote the practice of solid stewardship and tithing.
The mean average of giving is 2.9 percent of their after-tax incomes--nowhere near the mark of biblical mandates of tithing.
The SBC capped all this activity in 1924 and 1925 by authorizing and establishing the Cooperative Program (CP), a denomination-wide, annual system of giving based on the principles of regularity, proportionality (tithing), and voluntarism.
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Re "Tithing Without God" by Mark Berger (FI, December 2003/January 2004): Tithing in the Old Testament was instituted primarily to support the priesthood, a principle that fundamentalists never weary of expounding upon to the faithful.
Barna, a Ventura, Calif., firm that specializes in religious research, said among born-again adults, 14 percent reported tithing in 2001, but only 6 percent said they did so in 2002.