I am a little confused by what appears to me to be a discrepancy between the halakha concerning gerus and Devarim 23:8-9.
The latter verse states that ‘Children born to [Edomites and Egyptians] may be admitted into the congregation of Hashem in the third generation.’
Does that mean that a convert, who is considered halakhically Jewish, is not, or was not, considered either an Edomite or an Egyptian prior to their conversion? I am confused because I have heard of many English / American etc. converts and I have been led to believe that these people were / are descendants of Esau (this source - https://www.thetorah.com/article/esau-the-ancestor-of-rome - says there is a midrash that equates Rome and Edom, and Britain and America were / are clearly descended, culturally, if not genetically, from the Romans).
Could someone explain to me who is an Edomite / Egyptian and who is not? I ask because I was born British, and my ancestors as far back as I know were / are British, and I am hoping to convert. I want to know whether I could be ‘admitted into the congregation’ in my lifetime.