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The abbreviation used in New Testament source criticism for the Synoptic material that is exclusively Lukan.
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L, a symbol designating material found only in the Gospel of Luke. Biblical scholars often analyze the “L material” as one step in determining the distinctive perspective or unique contributions of Luke’s Gospel. In addition, some scholars regard L as representing one source stratum upon which Luke might
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
L1. A designation for material found only in the Gospel of Luke that cannot be accounted for by Luke’s probable dependence on Mark or on Q, the non-Markan common source of Matthew and Luke.2. The symbol designating Codex Leningradensis B 19ă, which provides the basic text for modern editions of the
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
“L” TRADITION“L” can be defined broadly as the unique material in the Gospel of Luke. In German scholarship it is designated “S” (Sondergut, “special material”). The exact extent of L is debated, but its importance is seen by noting that it accounts for between one-third to one-half of Luke’s
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, H–L
L. The symbol used to designate material peculiar to the Gospel of Luke; for some scholars, the symbol represents an independent literary source used by Luke. If the infancy narratives are included, it comprises about half of the book. Some suppose that it originated c. A.D. 60, probably in Caesarea,