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I think this by use of 974 this Medrash confused/conflated another teaching how we received Torah 974 generations early. in 26 vs 1000 = 974 see ' the recent complex creation framework' and 'Abraham until the Exodus'


Great question but indeed coral is not permitted for food. In regards to the sentience of coral the Ba’al ha-Sullam's articulation of “the Great Chain of Being” is perhaps relevant so I’d like to share it: “To prepare His creatures to attain this exalted rung, the blessed Holy One desired to act on them in a sequence of four rungs, one evolving from the ...

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