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How does a gentile annul a vow? Also, do gentiles have equal laws of oaths to Jews? Thank you

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    Two people have voted to close this, with the reason "Questions about comparative religion, and questions about what others have written about Judaism, are off-topic on Mi Yodeya. This includes any question that requires of its answerers any knowledge of a religion besides Judaism.". I cannot fathom why. This is a straightforward halacha (Jewish law) question. – msh210 Dec 8 '20 at 15:16
  • We have this question as "how does a Ben Noach annul an oath" and the answer reached (if memory serves) is "keeping an oath is not one of the 7 Noahide laws". I am unable to find that question now, however – Josh K Dec 8 '20 at 17:21
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    @JoshK judaism.stackexchange.com/a/44668/15256 ? – Kazi bácsi Dec 8 '20 at 17:57
  • I remember seeing a teshuva from Rav Yitzchak Zilberstein, that brought a proof that even gentiles are bound by their vows from Jonah 1:16, where it says that the gentiles on the ship made vows. He explains that the verse would not have mentioned their vows if they had no halachic significance. Not sure If I'll be able to find that teshuva, though. – Silver Dec 8 '20 at 22:28
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Josh K commented that 'We have this question as "how does a Ben Noach annul an oath" and the answer reached (if memory serves) is "keeping an oath is not one of the 7 Noahide laws". I am unable to find that question now, however." That answers - at least partially, the second half of our question - do gentiles have equal laws of oaths to Jews?

Encyclopedia Talmudis [volume 3 page 357 beginning of page, and page 310 last paragraph of 1st column] brings that some authorities want to say that gentiles are obligated to keep their vows.

[However, the first part is - How does a gentile annul a vow? That is not answered. It also therefore doesn't answer the question that it was replying to which is the same as our first part. The reason it's not answered is that even if they are not absolutely obligated in keeping an oath, it's obviously very immoral not to. The Rambam actually implies [Melachim, 10, 10. (That's in Shoftim which is in his Mishneh Torah)] that it is praiseworthy for a gentile to keep as many of the mitzvos as he can. (Besides for a few which he may not - Shabbos, maybe learning most parts of Torah.)]

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    Kehas Makovsky, welcome to Mi Yodeya, and thanks for sharing your knowledge here! Could you please edit this post so that it just directly provides whatever information you have that addresses either half of the question? The format of responding to and analyzing a comment is confusing. In addition, your answer would be more valuable if you can provide a citation to help readers find the Rambam point you refer to. – Isaac Moses Dec 8 '20 at 22:22
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