🔼The name Achor: Summary
- From the verb עכר (akar), to disturb or trouble.
🔼The name Achor in the Bible
The name Achor belongs to a valley where Achan and his children are stoned to death (Joshua 7:24), because Achan had taken articles from the loot of Jericho, while this was specifically forbidden (Joshua 7:1). Achan was identified by means of lots, and went down into history as the Troubler of Israel (1 Chronicles 2:7).
Much later, the prophet Isaiah would write that the valley of Achor would be a resting place for herds (Isaiah 65:10) and Hosea predicts that when the Lord restores Israel, he will give her the valley of Achor as a door of hope (Hosea 2:15).
🔼Etymology of the name Achor
The name Achor comes from the verb עכר (akar), meaning to stir up or cause trouble:
The verb עכר (akar) means to stir up, disturb or trouble. The noun עכור (akor) means trouble.
The name Achor means Trouble.