(fl. 13th cent, BCE)
   Israelite. He took some of the consecrated spoil when Jericho was captured. Because of this sacrilege the Israelites were unable to capture Ai. Achan and his family were put to death as a punishment for his sin (Joshua 7).

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  • ACHAN — (Heb. עָכָן), sacrilegious transgressor from the tribe of Judah, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son of Zerah. In the time of Joshua, Achan violated the ḥerem imposed on Jericho and was subsequently executed (Josh. 7). Despite the ban on spoils from… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Achan — may refer to * Achan , meaning Lord in Sanskrit, a hereditary title formerly used by the royal family of Palakkad. ** Achan deriving from this use, is also a surname used by the Nair caste in Kerala (See Paliath Achan) * Achan , a person in the… …   Wikipedia

  • ACHAN — Israelita, crimine anathematis vonvictus, ac damnatus, ab omni populô lapidibus obrutus fuit, et omnia quae illius erant, igne consumpta fuerunt. Congregatus fuit super eum amgnus lapidum acervus qui hodie permanet; vocatumque est nomen illius… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Achan — Son of Carmi (1 Chron. 2:7). After the destruction of Jericho (Josh. 6:24) some of the bo oty reserved for the Lord was stolen by Achan; and when the Israelites suffered a reversal in failing to capture Ai, it was suspected that someone had… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • 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 …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Achan (Bible) — Achan (ā kăn) called also Achar is a figure mentioned by the Book of Joshua in connection with the fall of Jericho and conquest of Ai. According to the narrative of the text, Achan pillaged an ingot of gold, a quantity of silver, and a costly… …   Wikipedia

  • Achan Sobin S. Namto — Infobox Buddhist biography name = Achan Sobin S. Namto img size = img capt = Achan Sobin S. Namto in Thailand landscape = birth name = other names = dharma name = birth date = 1932 birth place = Wangplado, Thailand death date = death place =… …   Wikipedia

  • Achan — /ay kan/, n. a member of the tribe of Judah who, with his family, was stoned to death for stealing forbidden spoils. Josh. 7:19 26. * * * …   Universalium

  • Achan — /ay kan/, n. a member of the tribe of Judah who, with his family, was stoned to death for stealing forbidden spoils. Josh. 7:19 26 …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paliath Achan — that figured prominently in the history of the region.OverviewThe Paliath Achans were hereditary prime ministers to the Rajah of Kochi from 1632 to 1809 [cite web | title = Synagogue set to showcase history | publisher = The Hindu |date=March 1,… …   Wikipedia

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