Archite

Ar'chite (Heb., with the art., ha-Arki', הָאִרכִּי, as if from a place named Erech, אֶרֶך; Sept. οΑ῾᾿ραχί, Vulg. Arachites), the usual designation of David's friend Hushai (2Sa 15:32; 2Sa 17:5,14; 1Ch 27:33). The word also appears (somewhat disguised, it is true, in the Auth. Vers.) in Jos 16:2, where "the borders of Archi" (i.e. "the Archite") are named as on the boundary of the "children of Joseph," somewhere in the neighborhood of Bethel. No town of the name of Erech appears in Palestine: it is possible that, as in the case of the Gerizi, the Zemarites, and the Jebusites, we have here the last faint trace of one of the original tribes of the country. SEE ARCHI.

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