The Biblical tithe consisted of agricultural produce (fruits, vegetables, grains, wine, oils, cattle). Prior to the building of the Jewish Temple(s) the ancient Hebrews had t…o travel to give their tithes. For some the distance was too far, and their tithe (food/drink) would spoil. Once they arrived at the designated location they used money to purchase (redeem) their tithe (food/drink). Your Tithe Expert .