Derbe (Greek: Δέρβη), also called Derbeia (Greek: Δέρβεια), was a city of Galatia in Asia Minor, and later of Lycaonia, and still later of Isauria and Cappadocia. It is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles at 14:6, 14:20, 16:1 and 20:4.
Strabo places Derbe “on the sides” of Isauria, and almost in Cappadocia. Elsewhere, he says it was in the eleventh praefecture of Cappadocia. When the apostles Paul and Barnabas visited Derbe, it was in Lycaonia. Stephanus of Byzantium places Derbe in Isauria.
In 1956, on the basis of an inscription dating to 157 BC, Michael Ballance fixed the site of Derbe at a mound known as Kerti Hüyük, some 15 miles (24 km) northeast of Karaman (ancient Laranda), near Ekinözü village in modern-day Turkey. Although subject to controversy, this is considered the most likely site.
The apostles Paul and Barnabas came to Derbe after escaping a disturbance and attempted stoning in Iconium, about 60 miles away, and successfully evangelized there. Paul and Barnabas returned there after being stoned again in Lystra. On these experiences, Paul commented, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God." He and Silas later visited Derbe again.
- Stephanus of Byzantium, Ethnica, §D225.2
- Strabo. Geographica. p. 569. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
- Strabo. Geographica. p. 534. Page numbers refer to those of Isaac Casaubon's edition.
- Stephanus of Byzantium. Ethnica. s.v. Δέρβη.
- Fant, Clyde E.; Reddish, Mitchell G. (2003-10-23). A Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-988145-1.
- Bastian Van Elderen, Some Archaeological Observations on Paul’s First Missionary Journey, 157-159.
- Steve C. Singleton, Derbe, from Bible Atlas from Space, Deeperstudy.com.
- Cicero, Ad Familiares, xiii. 73
- Strabo, XII,i, 4; vi, 3
- Dio Cassius, XLIX, xxxii)
- Acts 14:6–21
- Acts 14:20
- Acts 14:22
- Acts 16:1
- "Derbe". Catholic Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2007-02-17.
- Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013, ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 880