Places in the Bible Today:



Translated NameDerbe
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Kerti Hüyük (modern): 90% confidence
    1. artifact from Kerti HüyükKerti Hüyük

  2. Devri Şehri (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Devri ŞehriDevri Şehri

  3. Güdelisin (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. historical panorama of GüdelisinGüdelisin

Verses (5)

Acts 14:6, 14:20, 14:21, 16:1, 20:4

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookDerbe (2007)Derbe
OpenBible.infoaa401a9 (Derbe)
UBS Names Databasent ID_287


  1. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Derbe (place)
  2. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Derbe
  3. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Derbe
  4. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Derbe
  5. ESV Bible Atlas (2010): Derbe
  6. Fant and Reddish, Guide to Biblical Sites in Greece and Turkey (2003): page 175
  7. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Derbe
  8. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Derbe
  9. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2003): Derbe
  10. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Derbe
  11. IVP Atlas of Bible History (2006): Derbe
  12. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Derbe
  13. Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2014): Derbe
  14. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Derbe
  15. New Interpreter’s Bible Dictionary (2009): Derbe
  16. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988): Derbe
  17. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007): Derbe
  18. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Derbe
  19. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Derbe
  20. Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia (1975): Derbe
  21. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010): Derbe
  22. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010): Derbe
  23. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): Acts 14:21 sidebar
  24. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 370

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others (in this case, Kerti Hüyük), then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

Thumbnail Image Credits

Murat Özsoy 1958, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019, Sir William Mitchell Ramsay


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.