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Achan, also called Achar, was the the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, is a figure who appears in the Book of Joshua in the Hebrew Bible in connection with the fall of Jericho and conquest of Ai.

Meaning: one who troubles.

This man was named in remembrance of his crime [1] which brought upon him an awful destruction [2] When Jericho fell, he seized, contrary to the divine command, an ingot of gold, a quantity of silver, and a costly Babylonian garment, which he hid in his tent.[3]

Joshua was convinced that the defeat which the Israelites sustained afterwards at Ai was evidence of God's judgment of some crime. He at once cast lots to discover the criminal. It was then found that Achan was guilty, and he was stoned to death in the valley of Achor. He and all that belonged to him were then consumed by fire, and a heap of stones was raised over the ashes.[4]

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  1. 1 Chr 2:7 (Link)
  2. Josh 7:1 (Link)
  3. Josh 7:21 (Link)
  4. Josh 7:26 (Link)