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In the case of an animal that is intended to be brought as a korban, but the animal has offspring before being sacrificed, the offspring retains a special status. Depending on the type of Korban, the offspring must also be sacrificed or be allowed to graze until they become unfit for sacrifice. (My related question & source.)

This is similar to when Avraham brought Yitzchack up as a Korban to Hashem. Avraham's full-intention of sacrificing Yitzchak endowed him with the status of a Korban. Having been intended as Korban, Yitzchak's offspring would also retain that holy-status.

If what I'm saying is correct, this would give a purpose to Akeidat Yitzchak other than testing Avraham. Through the Akeida, Hashem elevated Yitzchak and ultimately, Yitzchak's offspring to a Korban-status and dedicated them to Hashem. This could also be why it was Yitzchak's right to pass the birthright to either Yaakov or Eisav, (and ultimately Bnei Yisroel).

I like this idea and am wondering whether (a) any commentary or rabbi suggests it or (b) whether there is any flaw in it.

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    You aren't asking a question. – Double AA Oct 14 '13 at 16:56
  • I was afraid of that. I rewrote this a few times, but I'm not sure how to ask it. I guess I'm asking if anyone knows of a source that makes this comparison, or if what I'm saying doesn't make sense. – zaq Oct 14 '13 at 16:58
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    zaq, this question prompted me to post this. I want you to know that I love this idea and the way you primed for it here with a not-obviously-related prior question. – Isaac Moses Oct 14 '13 at 18:02
  • @IsaacMoses Thanks for fixing the question, and I'm glad you like it. – zaq Oct 14 '13 at 19:02
  • How about Esav's descendants? – Annelise Oct 15 '13 at 1:23

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