We were sitting in Old Testament the other night talking about the book of Ruth and since I know my OT prof is extraordinarily smart, I thought I would ask her a question about something that’s always puzzled me.
“The tradition in the Old Testament was that ethnicity(and anything else) was inherited through the father. Yet in Judaism now one is Jewish by whether one’s MOTHER is/was Jewish. Do you know when that changed?” She did not know the answer. But that got me to thinking……
What makes one a <fill-in-the-blank>? Is it strictly descent? Or is there something more to it?
And just to be perfectly clear, I’m not asking what makes someone a son-of-a-bitch. 🙂 That would take the conversation to a totally different level.