Derbe (Ekinozu) Acts 14:6-20;16:1;20:4
Southeast of Lystra some thirty miles distance was the small town
of Derbe . In the Lycaonian District, this town was at the extreme
edge of cities considered Galatian.
The town was small, but the work of St. Paul and St. Barnabas yielded a number of followers. Among them, Gaius was converted and much later joined St. Pauls team on the third journey (cp. Acts 20:4)
Following the strengthening that no doubt resulted from the encouragement of the growth in the movement at Derbe , St. Paul and St. Barnabas journeyed back to Lystra and Iconium (45 miles northwest), in spite of their prior reception (Acts 14:21-22) and strengthened the small flock of believers in each place. St. Paul and Silas made their way to Derbe on the Second Journey (Acts 16:1).
Attempts to locate the exact site of the ancient village have been attempted by M. Balance in 1956 and 1964. His identification favors a small outcropping four kilometers south east of Kerti Huyuk.
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