Malachi indeed assumes that the " whole tithe " - the Deuteronomic phrase for the tithe in which the Levites shared - is not stored in each township, but brought into the treasury at the Temple.
In the Persian period the tithe was converted to the use of the Temple (Mal.
Among the Semites in particular note the tithe paid by the Carthaginians to the Tyrian Melkarth (Diod.
A triennial sacrificial tithe is inconceivable when it is remembered that the tithe is only an extension of the firstfruits.
After this the island began to furnish con siderable supplies of corn; it was treated as a conquered country, not containing a single free city, and the inhabitants were obliged to pay a tithe in corn and a further money contribution.