Who gets named in the story?

Names are extremely important in Scripture. So it would seem to carry meaning that, in the story Jesus tells in Luke 16, the rich man is not named, but the poor man is.

The man whom all society knows and respects goes nameless and remains so in the eyes and plan of God. The man who is despised for taking up space on the sidewalk — God knows and publishes his name.

Is this not an example of what the Lord said to Moses in Exodus 33.17?

The Lord said to Moses, “I will do this thing also that you have requested, for you have found favor in my sight, and I know you by name.”

But we just can’t leave good enough alone, can we? So interpreters gave the rich man a name: Dives, from the Latin word for “rich man.”

Does the naming not miss the point of the story?

What do you think?

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