Bruce, F.F. The Book of Acts Revised. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. Kindle Electronic Edition.
In the preface, Bruce notes his separate work, a commentary on the Greek text of Acts. This was revised and re-released in 1988 as well (Bruce 1988, Loc. 431). In the approximately 30 years between the first edition of this Acts commentary and the Revised version, numerous other noteworthy works were released, which Bruce summarizs in brief. Bruce uses his own translation of Acts in this commentary (Bruce 1988, Loc. 476).
Bruce, F.F. The Book of Acts Revised. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. Kindle Electronic Edition. “Introduction I. Acts in the New Testament” pp. 3-5.
Bruce notes that Acts was always recognized as a second volume of the text of early Christianity by the same author as the Gospel associated with Luke. For a time the pair of books circulated togtether, but in the early 2nd century the canonical Gospels began circulating together without Acts (Bruce 1988, 3). About the same time a collectio nof Paul’s letters began circulating. Acts took on a role as a bridge in the history. In the mid 2nd century the work of Marcion, denying any continuity between the Old and New Testaments, provoked a response from those Christians who considered themselves “catholic.” They affirmed the Old Testament and the New, defining the canon more precisely than had been done in the past (Bruce 1988, 4). Acts validated the work of apostles other than Paul (Bruce 1988, 5).