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Achor (Hebrew עכור "muddy, turbid: gloomy, dejected") is the name of a valley in the vicinity of Jericho.

Eusebius (in Onomasticon) and Jerome (in Book of Sites and Names of Hebrew Places) implied that they thought it was a valley north of Jericho. In the nineteenth century some writers identified the valley with the wadi al-Qelt, a deep ravine located to Jericho's south. In the twentieth century the Hyrcania valley (El-Buqei'a in Arabic) west and south of Qumran, and Wadi en-Nu'eima have also been suggested. One difficulty is that the narrative of Joshua appears to place the valley of Achor to the north of Jericho, between Jericho and Ai; but Joshua makes the valley part of the boundary between the tribe of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin, to the south of Jericho, but not as far south as El-Buqei'a.

The Book of Joshua, chapter seven, relates the story from which the valley's name comes. After the problems the Israelites had as a result of Achan's immoral theft of items commanded to be destroyed, the Israelite community stoned Achan and his household. Liberal scholars and archaeologists regard the narrative about Achan as an aetiological myth, and instead suspect that it gained this name for another reason.

Due to the horrific nature of this narrative, the phrase valley of trouble became eminently proverbial and occurs elsewhere in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Isaiah and Book of Hosea use the term - the valley of trouble, a place for herds to lie down in (Isaiah ), the valley of trouble for a door of hope (Hosea ) as a way of describing the redemption promised by God.

Usage examples of "achor".

It was probably a compound of Uch-Ur, the same as Achor, and Achorus of Egypt, the great luminary, the Sun.

It was denominated from Achor, the God of flies, worshipped also under the name of Baal-zebub with the same attribute.

He nodded toward the hills above the Achor Marshes on the shores of the sea of Gerizim.

The Brattles, Hannah Flood and her children, and five other families--forty souls in all--had made it to some caves on the south end of the Achor Marshes and had remained hidden there for a week now.

The hills above the Achor Marshes were riddled with deep limestone caverns, and they had been prepared as an alternate capital many years before, during one of the many factional wars that had marred the history of human relations of Kingdom.

Lotus and Crazy had probably been achored before they had realized something was happening.

The ivy was strong and well achored, and its centuries of probing the mortar had opened up a score of fingerholds.

The Brattles, Hannah Flood and her children, and five other families--forty souls in all--had made it to some caves on the south end of the Achor Marshes and had remained hidden there for a week now.

 The Brattles, Hannah Flood and her children, and five other families--forty souls in all--had made it to some caves on the south end of the Achor Marshes and had remained hidden there for a week now.

The hills above the Achor Marshes were riddled with deep limestone caverns, and they had been prepared as an alternate capital many years before, during one of the many factional wars that had marred the history of human relations of Kingdom.