Genesis 2:4

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Genesis 2:4: This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens
Genesis 4:26: And as for Seth, to him also a son was born; and he named him Enosh. Then men began to call on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 12:8: And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord.
Genesis 22:14-16: And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son
Genesis 26:25: So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

Exodus 6:2-3: And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord I was not known to them.

Genesis says that God was known to Abraham as 'the Lord' (Jahveh or Jehovah), but Exodus says that God was never known to Abraham, Isaac, or Jacob by this name.

The book of Genesis employs this title differently than the book of Exodus, and God's saying that 'by My name Lord I was not known to them' could have just meant that by this title He never appeared to them.

This would mean that the encounter at the burning bush was the first time God used it as His one-on-one title, making it known then to Moses as the personal name of God.

So Abraham could have known 'the Lord' as a formal way of referring to God, and made use of it from time to time, without having actually 'known Him by it' personally.

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