Read Genesis 22: 1-19
From Shalom Spiegel, The Last Trial, p. 64 (iBooks edition): MhG on 22:19. And so, too, the poet Benjamin bar Samuel of Coutances speaks of Isaac spending three years in Paradise, in a Kerobah for the Feast of Shabuot, “Longer than the earth, wider than the sea.” Sec L. Zunz, Literaturgeschichte der synagogalen Poesie (Berlin, 1865), p. 291 [hereafter abbr. Literaturgeschichte], The Kerobah has disappeared and was not copied from the Turin Mahzor. cf. I. Davidson, Seder Hibbur Berakot, JQR. XXI (1931), 252.
Now when Isaac, lying on tops of the altar, heard the angel say, “Put not forth thy hand,” he exclaimed: “Blessed is He who quickens the dead.”
Sefer ha-Eshkol, by R. Abraham of Narbonne, ed. S. and H. Albeck, I, p. 27.
From: Shalom Spiegel. “The Last Trial.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/UyNDdb.l
The story of the near-sacrifice of Isaac is traced to E. It refers to the deity as Elohim in vv. 1,3,8, and 9. But, just as Abraham’s hand is raised with the knife to sacrifice Isaac, the text says that the angel of Yahweh stops him (v. 11). The verses in which Isaac is spared refer to the deity as Yahweh (vv. 11–14). These verses are followed by a report that the angel speaks a second time and says, “… because you did not withhold your son from me….” Thus the four verses which report that Isaac was not sacrificed involve both a contradiction and a change of the name of the deity. As extraordinary as it may seem, it has been suggested that in the original version of this story Isaac was actually sacrificed, and that the intervening four verses were added subsequently, when the notion of human sacrifice was rejected (perhaps by the person who combined J and E). Of course, the words “you did not withhold your son” might mean only that Abraham had been willing to sacrifice his son. But still it must be noted that the text concludes (v. 19), “And Abraham returned to his servants.” Isaac is not mentioned. Moreover, Isaac never again appears as a character in E. Interestingly, a later midrashic tradition developed this notion, that Isaac actually had been sacrificed. This tradition is discussed in S. Spiegel’s The Last Trial (New York: Schocken, 1969; Hebrew edition 1950).
Richard Elliott Friedman, Who Wrote the Bible? (Kindle Locations 4122-4132). Kindle Edition.
From "The Slaughter of Isaac and his Revival" by R. Ephraim of Bonn (1132–1200), chronicler of the massacres of Jews during the Crusades (From S. Spiegel, The Last Trial)
He made haste, he pinned him down with his knees,
He made his two arms strong.
With steady hands he slaughtered him according to the rite,
Full right was the slaughter.
Down upon him fell the resurrecting dew, and he revived.
(The father) seized him (then) to slaughter him once more.
Scripture, bear witness! Well-grounded is the fact:
And the Lord called Abraham, even a second time from heaven.
The ministering angels cried out, terrified:
Even animal victims, were they ever slaughtered twice?
Instantly they made their outcry heard on high,
Lo, Ariels cried out above the earth.
We beg of Thee, have pity upon him!
In his father’s house, we were given hospitality.
He was swept by the flood of celestial tears
Into Eden, the garden of God.
The pure one thought: The child is free of guilt,
Now I, whither shall I go?
Then he heard: your son was found an acceptable sacrifice,
By Myself have I sworn it, saith the Lord.
In a nearby thicket did the Lord prepare
A ram, meant for this mitsvah even from Creation.
The proxy caught its leg in the skirts of his coat,
And behold, he stood by his burnt offering.
So he offered the ram, as he desired to do,
Rather than his son, as a burnt offering.
Rejoicing, he beheld the ransom of his only one
Which God delivered into his hand.
This place he called Adonai-yireh,
The place where light and the law are manifest.
He swore to bless it as the Temple site,
For there the Lord commanded the blessing.
Thus prayed the binder and the bound,
That when their descendants commit a wrong
“This act be recalled to save them from disaster,
From all their transgressions and sins.
O Righteous One, do us this grace!
you promised our fathers mercy to Abraham.
Let then their merit stand as our witness,
And pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for Thine inheritance.
Recall to our credit the many Akedahs,
The saints, men and women, slain for Thy sake.
Remember the righteous martyrs of Judah,
Those that were bound of Jacob.
Be Thou the shepherd of the surviving flock
Scattered and dispersed among the nations.
Break the yoke and snap the hands
Of the bound flock that yearns toward Thee
“O GOD! O KING”
מדרש הגדול בר׳ כב: יט
וישב אברהם אל נעריו. ויצחק היכן הוא? אלא אמר ר׳ אלעזר בן פדת אע״פ שלא מת יצחק מעלה עליו הכתוב כאלו מת ואפרו מוטל על גבי המזבח. לכך נאמר ״וישב אברהם אל נעריו.״
ד״א וישב אברהם. ויצחק היכן הוא? אלא שהכניסו הקב״ה לגן עדן וישב שם בה שלוש שנים.
Midrash HaGadol Gen. 22:19
And Abraham returned to the youths. And where was Isaac? R. Eleazar ben Pedat said even though Isaac did not die, the text regards it as if he died and his ashes were sprinkled over the altar.
Another interpretation: And Abraham returned... And where was Isaac? The Holy One brought him into the Garden of Eden and he dwelt there three years.