The problem is ‘piece work.’
When you take Sacred Scriptures and you interpret/read/do exegesis or eisegesis one a piece or several pieces removed from the entirety of Sacred Scriptures you are bound to form all sorts of theologies that are not conductive to the Truth (Jesus).
Here’s the passage cited:
17:3 And eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 17:4 I have glorified you on earth and finished the work that you gave me to do. 17:5 Now, Father, it is time for you to glorify me with that glory I had with you before ever the world was. 17:6 I have made your name known to the men you took from the world to give me. They were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 17:7 Now at last they know that all you have given me comes indeed from you; (John)
This is the Name that Jesus made known to the Apostles, Jesus Christ… and for those who reject the Holy Trinity, Here’s the only other Name that Jesus made known:
28:19 Go, therefore, make disciples of all the nations; baptise them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (St. Matthew)
Can you follow the meaning of the Revelation: One Name: the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit; One Name: Jesus Christ: One Name the Father.
Now how did the Apostles understood this, that it s Yahweh (I AM)?
Well Jesus also Revealed that:
8:58 Jesus replied: ‘I tell you most solemnly, before Abraham ever was, I Am’. (St. John)
…of course this does not mesh with JW’s theology so they do some Chinese acrobatics and attempt to derail what is Revealed by claiming ‘no, that’s not the same as the Revelation to Moses…’
Why are they able to understand Jesus Word in such contrived manner? Well, it is simple: they divorce the Word of God from the Word of God–just look at the verse following Jesus’ Declaration that He is the I AM!:
8:59 At this they picked up stones to throw at him; but Jesus hid himself and left the Temple.
Are we to believe that it was forbidden for Jews to express themselves as the first person singular: I am? Rather, we can see from the context that Jesus’ Revelation is taken very seriously; that the Jews understand that Jesus has yet again made Himself Equal to God!
Now, let’s look into the mind of the Apostles in comparison to the Revelation in John 17:3-7:
5:20 We know, too, that the Son of God has come, and has given us the power to know the true God. We are in the true God, as we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, this is eternal life. (1 St. John)
This is the mind of the Apostles; this is Apostolic Teaching; they are in the True God, they are in the Son, that is the True God and Eternal Life.
There’s no need for “interpretation.” It is not being in Yahweh (or the derivative Name Jehovah); it is Being in Jesus Christ that the Apostles Celebrate and Teach!