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On Humanity, Chapter 10

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From a biblical perspective, it would have been logical to include priests in a section dealing with obligations to the poor inasmuch as they too were landless and therefore reliant on contributions from landowners for their survival (Brooks 1983, 17-19), including gifts of the same foodstuffs mentioned in §§ 90-91: grain, wine, and oil. An array of relevant statutes in the Pentateuch attests to the importance of tithing in ancient Israel, though they also present some significant inconsistencies (Jagersma 1981). Philo surveys the various sources of revenue for priests and Levites in Spec. 1.131-161. These include, for the former, the first fruits of all agricultural products and domesticated animals (1.131-135, cf. 1.76-78, 248) and, for the latter, all tithes (1.156-157; cf. Congr. 95-98). Clement paraphrases Hum. 95 in Strom. 2.86.3-4.

Keywords:Clement paraphrases; Josephus; Philo; priests

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