Answer (6)

    Answer (6). This argument stems from a serious misunderstanding of Exodus 6:3: “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name El Shaddai, but by my name Yahweh was I not known to them.” As the Companion Bible explains, the word “known” means perceived and understood. “The name [Yahweh] was known as the covenant name; but was not known so as to be understood.” In other words, the patriarchs had not seen a dimension of Yahweh that Moses and those after him would see –they would soon understand fully what His Name meant by the acts of deliverance, sustenance, and love for His people that He was about to perform (Ex. 9:16; Ezek. 20:5, Amos 3:2). He would become whatever His people needed of Him, which is the intrinsic meaning of the Name Yahweh.

The following verses reveal the error of this argument and show that Yahweh’s Name was  indeed known by the patriarchs and used before Moses:

►Eve called on His Name – Genesis 4:1

► Abraham called on the Name Yahweh – Genesis 12:8; 14:22; 15:2,

7; 21:33; 24:3;

► Abimelech used Yahweh’s Name – Genesis 20:4

► Isaac called upon Yahweh’s Name – Genesis 26:25

► Yahweh revealed His Name to Jacob – Genesis 28:13

► Anciently men “began to call on the Name Yahweh” – Genesis 4:26
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