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Derbe or Dervi ( Greek: Δέρβη), also called Derveia ( 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. Derbe is notable because it is the only city mentioned in the New Testament where the message of the Gospel was accepted from the beginning by its inhabitants.  
Derbe is derived from[ citation needed] Derbent which is derived from Persian "Darband" ( Persian: دربند, lit. 'Barred gate', from dar “gate” + band “bar,” lit. “barred gate” ), referring to an adjacent pass, to a narrow gate entrance.
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.     
Stephanus of Byzantium says that Derbe would have had a port (λιμήν , limēn), but this is an obvious mistake, as the city was located inland. This has been corrected to the form limnē (λίμνη , 'lake'], as there are some lakes in the vicinity, albeit a little further away.  In modern Turkey there is a village named Derbent, nearby a lake and nearby Iconium city.  There is also a district that is named Derbent.
− Saint Timothy was a native of Derbe (or of Lystra).  Derve may also be linked to Dervish or Derviş (literally means mendicant, 'beggar', 'one who goes from door to door'), a mystic Sufi fraternity from Iconium whose most common practice Sama is directly associated with the 13th-century Persian mystic Rumi. The firstborn son of Rumi named Veled escaped death miraculously nearby Derbe   (other sources report that it was the second son of Rumi that escaped death miraculously). The place where the miracle happened is mentioned as "Paul's cave"  in Meyers Reisebücher. Maybe the dance named devr-i veledi   that precedes the Sema ceremony is also related to Derve. According some rumors, Devr-i veledi (that was played during circumcision ceremonies) also refers to the circumcision  of Rumi's father Bahā ud-Dīn Walad during the pilgrimage, and this action is somehow accossiated to the circumcision of Saint Timothy Acts 16:1–3. [ citation needed]
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- Acts |16:1-5
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