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Achan


A’chan (troubler), an Israelite of the tribe of Judah, who, when Jericho and all that it contained were accursed and devoted to destruction, secreted a portion of the spoil in his tent. For this sin he was stoned to death with his whole family by the people, in a valley situated between Ai and Jericho, and their remains, together with his property, were burnt. Josh. 7:19-26. From this event the valley received the name of Achor (i.e., trouble). [Achor.] (b.c. 1450.)