"As to the speeches which were made either before or during the war, it was hard for me, and for others who reported them to me, to recollect the exact words. I have therefore put into the mouth of each speaker the sentiments proper to the occasion, expressed as I thought he would be likely to express them, while at the same time I endeavored, as nearly as I could, to give general import of what was actually said."
Here are two interpretative considerations for the speeches in Acts. They are:
- Luke's own composition
- Summaries (read out loud Peter's speech in Acts 2 and time yourself)
This is of course different than assuming we are reading a verbatim report of what was actually said by any of Luke's apostolic speakers.