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achan


achan


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Achan 
  called  also  Achar,  i.e.,  one  who  troubles  (1  Chr.  2:7),  in 
  commemoration  of  his  crime,  which  brought  upon  him  an  awful 
  destruction  (Josh.  7:1).  On  the  occasion  of  the  fall  of  Jericho, 
  he  seized,  contrary  to  the  divine  command,  an  ingot  of  gold,  a 
  quantity  of  silver,  and  a  costly  Babylonish  garment,  which  he 
  hid  in  his  tent.  Joshua  was  convinced  that  the  defeat  which  the 
  Israelites  afterwards  sustained  before  Ai  was  a  proof  of  the 
  divine  displeasure  on  account  of  some  crime,  and  he  at  once 
  adopted  means  by  the  use  of  the  lot  for  discovering  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. 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Achan,  or  Achar,  he  that  troubleth