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In Shulchan Aruch OC 334:21 it is established that holy scripture written by a pagan should be burnt,

האפיקורסים דהיינו האדוקים בעבודת כוכבים וכן מומרים לעבודת כוכבים שכתבו להם כתבי הקודש אין מצילים אותם ואף בחול שורפן עם האזכרות שבהן

According to those who maintain that Christianity is considered idol worship (AZ), must one burn nowadays a bible that was written by a christian since it was written by a pagan? Is there any reason why this law would not apply nowadays?

Update: In YD 281:1 the same Halacha is repeated but there we find a distinction between an אפיקורוס and a גוי; wherein the books of the former must be burned but the books of the latter only need to be hidden (גניזה). If we can clarify the difference between the two terms then we could easily determine in which category Christians--nowadays--fall into and whether their books need to be burnt at all! This will definitely shed some light on this complex law.

  • This question though it is highly related to this one judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/78357/…. It is different because it is based on a Halachic source. – Bach Jul 28 '17 at 2:41
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    What's the question? Your source seems quite clear. – Double AA Jul 28 '17 at 2:47
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    Are we talking about if it's YOUR book, or messing with someone else's property? – Shalom Jul 28 '17 at 14:01
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    @Shalom obviously only when its yours, or hefker. – Bach Jul 28 '17 at 16:29
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    @bach the simple understanding is there is no obligation to burn it, just if it looks like regular Torahs then you need to get rid of it so as not to confuse anyone, and you can even burn it since it has no sanctity at all even though it says God's name. As opposed to say a Torah written by a woman which is invalid and since it's confusing it needs to be gotten rid of but it does have sanctity so you put it in geniza – Double AA Jul 28 '17 at 19:19

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