Exodus 6:3 “I Was NOT Known To Them”

On May 9, 2015, in Bible Lessons, by Milton Carnes

Exodus 6:3 King James Version (KJV) “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah (YaHUH) was I not known to them.”

Exodus 6:3 would lead us to believe that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob did not know the father by the name of YaHUH. However, this appears to be contradictory when compared to:

Genesis 15:7-8 “And he said unto him, I am YaHUH that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. [8]And he said, Master YaHUH, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?”

We read about ABRAHAM (then still called Abram) in Genesis 12:8: “… there he built an altar to the LORD [YHUH] and called on the name of the LORD [YHUH].” Also, in Genesis 13:4: “And there Abram called on the name of the LORD [YHUH].” Note also Genesis 14:22, where Abram refers to God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) as “the LORD [YHUH], God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth.” In Genesis 22:14, we read: “And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD (YHUH)-Will-Provide [YHUH Yireh]…”

In Genesis 26:22-25, we read about ISAAC: “So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, ‘For now the LORD [YHUH] has made room for us…’ … So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD [YHUH]…”

When God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) spoke to JACOB in a dream, He revealed Himself in this way, as Genesis 28:13 reports: “And behold the LORD [YHUH] stood above it [ a ladder] and said, ‘I am the LORD [YHUH] God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) of Abraham your father and the God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) of Isaac…’” Compare also Genesis 28:21; 32:9. Even prior to his dream, Jacob had already referred to God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) as LORD or YHUH in Genesis 27:20.

In addition, the first human being who is reported as referring to God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) as YHUH is Eve. She said in Genesis 4:1: “I have acquired a man [Cain] from the LORD [YHUH]…” We also read in Genesis 9:26 that Noah referred to God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) as “the LORD [YHUH], The God (Alahiym or Aluhiym) of Shem…” Finally, both Rachel and her father Laban knew God (Alahiym or Aluhiym)’s name, LORD or YHUH (Genesis 30:24, 27). It is obvious that the name YHUH was known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, as well as to others, prior to Moses. [1]

How can this apparent contradiction be resolved? Quite easily.
Let’s take a look at the Hebrew text ...


From the Hebrew Interlinear Bible, Exodus 6:3 should read ‘And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, in El Shadaya or Shadi, and my name YaHUH was I not known to them. (A rhetorical question but there is no indication that this particular text is in a rhetorical form)

If expressed as a statement from the Hebrew text, “I was not known to them” could possibly be a part of Exodus 6:4

“I was not known to them and I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.”

A better translation of Exodus 6:3 would be:

Exodus 6:3 "I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as [Bet of Essence] El-Shaddai, and my name YaHUH I did not make myself known to them [Niphil Stem Reflexive] in acts and great miracles]]."

There is no contradiction between Exodus 6:3 and Genesis 15:7-8

1 “How Are We to Understand Exodus 6: 2-3?,” accessed August 1, 2014, http://www.eternalgod.org/q-a-13026/.

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