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|Title||KnoWhy #107 - How Were Judges Elected in the Book of Mormon? (Mosiah 29:39)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Ancient America; Judge; Mesoamerica; Reign of the Judges|
Most people assume that the "voice of the people" reflects modern democratic processes, but the text itself suggests otherwise. Scholars have pointed out that judges are still appointed, usually an heir of the previous judge. The voice of the people typically works more as an affirming vote of confidence rather than an election. John Sorenson has described what this would have been like in Mesoamerica, and finds that the text seems to be consistent with this.
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