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Descendant of Zerah (Josh 7:1, 18–20, 24; 22:20). He was stoned to death because he took loot from Jericho and hid it in his tent.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
ACHAN (PERSON) [Heb ʿakan (עַכַן)]. Var. ACHAR. Achan, the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, appears in the MT of Joshua 7 (the full form of his name is found in vv 1 and 18; shortened form in vv 19, 20, 24). In the Old Greek of Joshua and in the MT and Old Greek of 1 Chron
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Achan, Achar. Member of Judah’s tribe who kept some of the spoils from the Israelite victory at Jericho in violation of Joshua’s order and God’s command (Jos 6:1–7:1). A subsequent Israelite defeat at Ai, a weaker city than Jericho, revealed God’s anger to Joshua. With God’s help, Joshua determined which
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
ACHAN, ACHAR* Member of Judah’s tribe who kept some of the spoils from the Israelite victory at Jericho in violation of Joshua’s order and God’s command (Jos 6:1–7:1). A subsequent Israelite defeat at Ai, a weaker city than Jericho, revealed God’s anger to Joshua. With God’s help, Joshua determined which
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Achan (ay´kan), a Judahite, the son of Carmi, who kept plunder that was supposed to be devoted to God after the victory of Joshua over Jericho (Josh. 7). For this breach, God punished Israel with a military setback at Ai, and Achan and his family were stoned to death. He is called “Achar” in 1 Chron.
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
ACHAN. Variant of Achar in 1 Chr 2:7; also in certain LXX and Syriac MSS.A man of Judah who secretly appropriated for himself some of the spoils of war at the fall of Jericho (Josh 7:1–26; 22:20). The Lord revealed to Joshua that Israel’s defeat at Ai was caused by the presence of sin in the camp. When
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
ACHAN. (Heb. ’āḵān). A Judahite of clan Zerah, who was in the assault on Jericho and violated the sacrificial ban, stealing gold, silver and fine clothing. This was discovered when inquiry was made by lot after the failure to take Ai. Achan with his family and possessions was stoned and cremated in
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Achan (Heb. ʿāḵān)A Judahite, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah who misappropriated some of the goods which were to be utterly dedicated to God after the conquest and destruction of Jericho (Josh. 7:1). Immediately afterward Israel loses its next battle against Ai and deduces that God is angry
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Catholic Bible Dictionary
ACHAN A rebel Israelite in the days of Joshua. He was a member of the tribe of Judah (Josh 7:1) and the son of Carmi, son of Zabdi. God had forbidden taking any plunder from Jericho (Josh 6:18), but Achan took silver, gold, and a mantle of Shinar after the conquest and destruction of the city. When the
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
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,