Topical Guide: J
Jacob (Son of Isaac)
Grimm's Fairy Tales, "The Poor Miller's Boy and the Cat"
Similar to the story of Jacob, in obtaining Leah to wife, the hero, stupid Hans (who is a common character in these stories, usually mistreated, but coming out ontop despite how he is perceived) after separating from his fellow apprentices due to their persecution, in desiring to obtain the inheritance of their master, serves for seven years to obtain a fine horse (which was the prerequisite to obtaining the inheritance), but does not receive the horse right away. Fortunately in this tale he doesn't have to serve another seven years, but rather, he goes to meet his father and his brethren expecting the horse to come after. This is also similar to the story of Jacob, as when Jacob returns, he goes on ahead alone to meet his family hostile brother, while his own posessions follow after. Stupid Hans receives his horse, but not only this, but a princess and a great castle besides. Despite having earned his master's inheritance, he leaves with what he has obtained from his years of service while the inheritance is left, much as was the case with Jacob.
Jasher 29:11
Hides for 14 years at home of Eber, son of Shem.
Jasher 28:18
Studies at house of Shem and Eber.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q537
Vision of Jacob described. He is informed that Bethel is not to be the place where God's temple is to be built. In part of the vision he seems to see the future Jerusalem.
Jesus Christ
John C. Bennett
Mike Parker gives a basic analysis of the issue of John C. Bennett
John Hyrcanus I
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q339, Col. 1, Line 9
Possibly listed as a false prophet. (Highly uncertain.)
Josephus, Antiquities, 13:228-300
Note especially his reputation for prophecy. He seems to have had posession of the Urim and Thummim.
John the Baptist
History of the Church 5:260-261
Joseph Smith explains how John the Baptist was the greatest prophet born of women.
(Also cited in Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, pp. 81-82)
Joseph (Son of Jacob)
Birth of Joseph.
Blessing from father, Jacob.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q254, Frag. 7
Blessing from father, Jacob.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q539
Couple of fragments containing comments by Joseph regarding his reuniting with his brothers.
Enoch 89:12-13
Enoch sees Joseph in a dream represented symbolicly.
Jasher 41-42
Joseph sold into Egypt. Clear parallels with Christ.
The Joseph Smith Translation
Not necessary to translate the apocrypha.
The Bible is the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.
New Testament translation necessary to prepare the saints for things to come.
Bible Dictionary: Joseph Smith Translation
Joseph Smith, Jr.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 120-122
"Fifth - 'Do you believe Joseph Smith, Jun., to be a Prophet?'
Yes, and every other man who has the testimony of Jesus. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.-Rev. 19:10."
"Ninth - 'What signs does Joseph Smith give of his divine mission?'
The signs which God is pleased to let him give, according as His wisdom thinks best, in order that He may judge the world agreeable to his own plan.
Tenth - 'Was not Joseph Smith a money digger?'
Yes, but it was never a very profitable job for him, as he only got fourteen dollars a month for it.
Eleventh - 'Did not Joseph Smith steal his wife?'
Ask her, she was of age, she can answer for herself."
"Fifteenth - 'Do the Mormons baptize in the name of 'Joe' Smith?'
No, but if they did, it would be as valid as the baptism administered by the sectarian priests."
"Seventeenth - 'Does not 'Joe' Smith profess to be Jesus Christ?'
No, but he professes to be his brother, as all other Saints have done and now do: Matt. 12:49, 50, 'and he stretched forth His hand toward His disciples and said, Behold my mother and my brethren; for whosoever shall do the will of my Father, which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.'"
Joseph Smith, Sr.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 36-37
Blessing of Joseph Smith, Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith
Jubilee Years
William Whiston, "The Works of Josephus: Complete and Unabridged", Dissertation 5.39-58
Remarks on probability that the time of the taking of Jericho was a year of jubilee.
Remarks on how jubilee years follow sabbatic years.
Remarks on a passage in Isaiah which appears to refer to a sabbatic year followed by a year of jubilee.
Remarks on the probability of the corruption of Leviticus 25:20-22 along with the author's opinion on a possible reconstruction (which I rather like).
Jubilee years used to validate chronological calculations.
Discusses how the Lord supported his people through their jubilee years.
Birth of Judah.
Blessing from father, Jacob.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q252, Col. 5, Lines 1-7
Interpretation of blessing.
See JST to dispel common false doctrine.
Verses 1-2 also cited in 3 Nephi 14:1-2
Verses 3-5 also useful for dispelling common false doctrine.
Alma tells son, Corianton, to judge righteously.
Commandment to judge righteously.
"take heed ... that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God, or that which is good and of God to be of the devil."
"It is given unto you to judge."
Be wise as serpents, yet without sin.
Be wise as serpents, yet without sin.
"Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgement ... but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor."
Judgement associated with righteousness.
"Zion shall be redeemed with judgement."
Leaders rebuked because they "judge not the fatherless".
Laman and Lemuel complain and accuse that their father has judged the people of Jerusalem.
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", Vol. 1, p. 43
"It is not rumor ... upon which we are to found our judgements of one's merits or demerits: If it is we erect an altar upon which we sacrifice the most perfect of men, and establish a criterion by which the 'vilest of the vile' may escape censure."
Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, p. 210
(taken from History of the Church 6:310-312)
"God himself, finding he was in the midst of spirits and glory, because he was more intelligent, saw proper to institute laws whereby the rest could have a privilege to advance like himself."
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 118
Evils of Hasty Judgment
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 138
(Referring to the discerning of pride in others.) "And again, outward appearance is not always a criterion by which to judge our fellow man; but the lips betray the haughty and overbearing imaginations of the heart; by his words and his deeds let him be judged."
For behold, the same that judgeth rashly shall be judged rashly again; for according to his works shall his wages be; therefore, he that smiteth shall be smitten again, of the Lord.
Behold what the scripture says—man shall not smite, neither shall he judge; for judgment is mine, saith the Lord, and vengeance is mine also, and I will repay.
Judging and Fault-Finding
It is worth some research to make sense of this issue, as the importance of judging and being warry are manifest, both in scripture, and in reason. It is nonetheless also manifest, from the same sources, that the activity of fault-finding is wicked, and how to distinguish between right conduct and improper conduct is made to seem somewhat uncertain.

At this time, I would venture that fault-finding consists in the activity of identifying weaknesses in others out of pride or covetousness. Perhaps it may also consist of, or extend to, imagining faults that we have no right reason to imagine. (Such, for example, I seem to have seen become a staple of news media reporting of the decisions of certain disliked public servants. Everything is labeled a weakness and everything is reported in a negative light, whereas another preferred public figure may do some very similar thing and have it spoken of as a strength.)

Good judgment, however, would likely be free of pride and covetousness, and would be characterized by proper application of right principles based upon sound evidence.

Anyhow, more keys for discerning proper conduct in this regard would probably be useful.

A similar dichotomy is likely present in the admonition to not gossip, and the admission that it is incumbent upon he who has been warned to warn his neighbor. We are to proclaim truth but are to refrain from vain janglings.