Bruce, F.F. The Book of Acts Revised. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. Kindle Electronic Edition. “III. The Acts of Peter and Beginnings of Gentile Christianity (9:32-12:25)” “A.Peter in Western Judaea (9:32-43)” pp. 197-199.
Bruce notes that Acts 9:32 returns to Peter, who was last seen in 8:25. Here, Peter is engaged in visiting Christian communities, this one in Lydda (Bruce 1988, 197). Peter healed someone, most likely a Christian, named Aeneas. This news spread in verse 35. Bruce notes that the territory was largely Gentile, so the text indicates a greater spread of the Gospel to Gentiles (Bruce 1988, 198).
Joppa, about ten miles from Lydda, is the next location of interest (Bruce 1988, 199). The death of a charitable Christian named Tabitha inspired people to call for Peter. Peter prayed very briefly, telling Tabitha to arise. This she did in verse 42. Peter remained in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner. Bruce notes that the work of a tanner generally left one unclean so he was likely outside the town. A location on the sea would provide him with the salt water needed for tanning (Bruce 1988, 199).