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Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Know "The LORD"?

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were believers of the only true God, as was Moses. But consider the difference in the Name by which they knew Him:

"6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

6:2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them." (Exodus 6:1-3 KJV)

"Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh"

The "JEHOVAH" as used in the King James verse quoted above is rendered "LORD" in the Revised Standard Version:

The Holy Scriptures

"6:1 But the LORD said to Moses, "Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, yea, with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land."

6:2 And God said to Moses, "I am the LORD.

6:3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them." (Exodus 6:1-3 RSV)

The Complete Jewish Bible renders the King James' "JEHOVAH" and the RSV "LORD" by the four Hebrew letters that were actually written, "Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh," but then also includes "Adonai" in its place (see the Fact Finder question below to understand why various translations, even those who claim to be using the actual Hebrew, use "JEHOVAH," "LORD" and "Adonai"):

"6:1 Adonai said to Moshe, "Now you will see what I am going to do to Pharaoh. With a mighty hand he will send them off; with force he will drive them from the land!"

6:2 God spoke to Moshe; he said to him, "I am ADONAI.

6:3 I appeared to Avraham, Yitz'chak and Ya'akov as El Shaddai, although I did not make myself known to them by my name Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh" [Adonai] (Exodus 6:1-3 Complete Jewish Bible)

To answer the question, yes, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob all knew the LORD, the same as Moses (see Christ The Creator and 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'), but by a different name. For the Biblical historical record however, "the LORD" is sometimes used before "the LORD" made that Name known. Notice the wording, "the LORD appeared to Abram" - but "said unto him, I am the Almighty God."

"17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God" (Genesis 17:1 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is the origin of the name "Jehovah"? What is the origin of the name "LORD"? What is the origin of the name "Adonai"?
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