Achan (Ay´kan)

The son of Carmi (1Chr 2:7; NRSV: “Achar”), who stole some of the “devoted things” after the victory of Joshua over Jericho (Josh 7). For this breach of the “ban,” God punished Israel with a military setback at Ai, and Achan and his family were stoned to death.

1Chr 2:7

7The sons of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of Israel, who transgressed in the matter of the devoted thing;

Josh 7

The Sin of Achan and Its Punishment
1But the Israelites broke faith in regard to the devoted things: Achan son of Carmi son of Zabdi son of Zerah, of the tribe ... View more

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