I’m a gentile with little knowledge of ancient Jewish history, so please forgive me. I already knew that Jewish descent is inherited through the mother, except in Reform Judaism which counts both maternal and paternal descent as valid. Recently though, Sam Seder (I think he’s either agnostic or just a Reform Jew, not sure) mentioned that maternal inheritance of Judaism came about during the Judeo-Roman conflict when male Roman soldiers were “essentially trying to breed Jews out of existence”. Is this true? Does that mean that inheritance of Jewish identity was paternal before that, or some other method?
Is it true that maternal inheritance of Jewish identity in Judaism was something that came about during the Judeo-Roman conflict?
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