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TitleExcursus: The Voice of the People
Publication TypeExcerpt
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsGardner, Brant A.
Book TitleSecond Witness, Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon: Volume 3: Enos through Mosiah
PublisherGreg Kofford Books
Place PublishedSalt Lake City
KeywordsDemocracy; Judgeship; King Mosiah; Kingship; Politics; Reign of the Judges

The book of Mosiah ends with a dramatic rearrangement in Zarahemla’s  political landscape. Mosiah not only abdicated his throne; he symbolically destroyed it. He dissolved a monarchy in favor of a government headed by judges. What was this new government? How did it compare to the government by a king?