“And Thus Commenced the Reign of the Judges”

Bryan Richards

This change in government is significant in that the Nephites changed their chronology at this time. Prior to this, they counted years based on how long it had been since Lehi left Jerusalem. From now on, until the birth of Christ, their chronology is based on the beginning of the reign of the judges, being 91 years before the coming of Christ, and 509 years since the departure of Lehi.