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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.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:3 was I not known. This statement is alleged to conflict with such passages as Genesis 12:8, which indicate that the early patriarchs did indeed know God by His name JEHOVAH. The easiest resolution of the apparent contradiction is to regard the last clause as a rhetorical question (quite permissible in the Hebrew)– “by my name JEHOVAH was I not (also) known to them?”

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