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July 29th, 2005

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12:34 pm
Have religious books ever been banned? Religion can be controversial, but I guess people don't see it as a bad thing. Well, I guess they'd have to ban the bible too if that were the case. Have they banned the bible ever?

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Date:July 29th, 2005 12:53 pm (UTC)

Take a look at this article.

The big surprise in reading 100 Banned Books for me, at least, was to find that the sacred scriptures of three of the world's major religions have also been censored on religious grounds from time to time for one reason or another. They include The Talmud, The Bible, and The Koran. Censorship of The Talmud was initiated by the Catholic Church and it lasted for many centuries on the grounds of its perceived "blasphemy and immorality" (261). What may come as a real surprise is that the Bible itself was censored, also by the Catholic Church. The reasoning here may strike us as bordering on the irrational. What came under fire were translations of the Bible into the vernacular for fear the text might get corrupted or misinterpreted. The Catholic Church did not seem to stop and think about the fact that the Latin Vulgate it held officially acceptable was itself translated from the original Hebrew and Greek. In fact, the most shocking story in the suppression of translations of the Bible is the fate of William Tyndale, the first person to translate the Bible into English from the original Hebrew and Greek. "In a plot masterminded by English authorities, Tyndale was arrested by authorities in Antwerp, Belgium, tried for heresy and strangled and burned at the stake near Brussels in 1536 with copies of his Bible translation" (179).
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Date:July 29th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
neat. thanks
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Date:July 10th, 2006 05:37 am (UTC)
Regularly. Different versions of the Bible have been banned, particularly vernacular versions by the Catholic Church. In Muslim countries, Sunni books are often banned in Shia states, and vice versa, and heretical sects have their works banned. In Communist countries, religious books of all manner have been banned. Also, the Index of Forbidden Books mainly contains religious tracts by Catholics that were considered heretical.
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Date:September 1st, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, but the Talmud was also banned since it made obvious that Judaism wasn't just "old Christianity" but was actually a different religion on a seperate and parallel path. Doesn't follow the Christian mythology, so it was a problem.

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