A son of Carmi, of the house of Zimri, family of Zerah, tribe of Judah. At the capture of Jericho he appropriated to his own use and hid in his tent a Babylonish garment and a wedge of gold, part of the spoil of Jericho, which had been devoted to utter destruction. He thereby troubled Israel. His transgression led to the defeat of the Israelites before Ai. Lots were then cast to discover the culprit who had brought on the catastrophe, and Achan was pointed out as the individual. He made confession of his guilt, but this did not avert his fate. He was stoned to death in the valley of Achor (Josh. 7:1-26; 22:20; 1 Chron. 2:7).