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JOURNAL 

OF 

BIBLICAL LITERATURE 



Volume XXXI Part I 1912 



PROCEEDINGS 

DECEMBER, 1911 



THE forty-seventh meeting of the Society was held in 
Sherred Hall of the General Theological Seminary, 
Ninth Avenue and Twenty-first Street, New York City, on 
Thursday and Friday, December 28th and 29th, 1911. The 
first session began at 11.10 A.M., with President Burton in 
the Chair. The reading of the records was dispensed with, 
as they had been distributed in print. The Recording Sec- 
retary and the Corresponding Secretary read their annual 
reports, which were accepted and placed on file. Professor 
Denslow presented the invitation of the General Theological 
Seminary, making the members of the Society the guests of 
the Seminary during the sessions. 

The President appointed Professors Bacon, Barton, and 
Jastrow, a Committee to nominate officers. Professor Prince 
read the Treasurer's report. The Recording Secretary read 
his financial statement. These two papers were referred to 
Professors Frame and Betteridge as an Auditing Committee. 

At 11.30 Professor Burton gave the Presidential address 
on " Some Phases of the Synoptic Problem." In view of the 
general interest shown in this paper, it was voted to open it 
to discussion. The Vice-President, Professor Paton, took the 
Chair. The subject was discussed by Professors Bacon, Porter, 
and Barton, Professor Burton making some remarks in reply. 

At 12.35, the President resumed the Chair. Professor 
Arnold read a paper on " The Passover Papyrus from Ele- 
phantine." This was discussed until 1 p.m., when a recess 
was taken for lunch and social hour. 



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Thursday P.M. The Society resumed its session at 2.25. 
Papers were read and discussed as follows: By Professor 
Jastrow : " On the Original Character of the Atonement 
Festival." By Professor Wood: "St. Paul's Use of Pro- 
phetic and Priestly Scriptures." Professor Hyvernat gave 
an account of the Coptic manuscripts in the library of 
Mr. John Pierpont Morgan, and exhibited many facsimiles 
of these rare papers. Professor Bewer gave the following 
critical notes : (1) " The Superscription of the Oracle against 
Edom in Isa. 21 11." (2) "Did the Jews plan to build a 
Yahweh Temple in Babylonia ? " (3) " The Originality of the 
Samaritan Reading Q-erizim in Dt. 27 4." Professor Paton 
read on " Dagon and Dagan," Professor Haupt on " John 
Hyrcanus's Campaign against the Edomites," Dr. Schick on 
"Some Difficult Passages in the Psalms." Professor Mont- 
gomery presented three notes, as follows : (1) " On Hoze, 
Isa. 12 is." (2) "On Succoth-Benoth, 2 Kings 17 30." 
(3) " On the Name Ahikar." Professor Heffern read on 
"The Four Women in the Genealogy of Christ." 

Adjourned for dinner and social hour. 

Thursday evening. The Society met at 8 in the library. 
The librarian of the Seminary, Mr. Edward Harmon Virgin, 
gave a very interesting and familiar talk on some books and 
manuscripts of especial value, which the library contains, 
and invited the members to inspect them. 

The report of the Director of the American School in 
Jerusalem, Prof. Charles Rufus Brown, was read by the 
Recording Secretary. Professor Shepard read on "A Mas- 
soretic Manuscript of the Old Testament, of date 1264, in 
the Library of the General Theological Seminary." 

The remainder of the evening was spent in an informal 
examination of the rich treasures of the library. 

Adjourned at 10. 

Friday A.M., December 29. The Society met at 9.20. The 
Council reported that they had reelected Prof. J. A. Mont- 
gomery as Corresponding Secretary, and Prof. B. W. Bacon 
and Rev. W. H. Cobb as additional members of the Pub- 



PROCEEDINGS FOE DECEMBER, 1911 iii 

lishing Committee ; also that the time and place of the next 
meeting are to be arranged in conjunction with the meeting 
of the Archaeological Institute, provided the latter meeting 
is held not further west than Washington, D.C. 

The Council nominated the following active members, 
who were then unanimously elected : 

Prof. Alfred E. Alton, Hamilton, N.Y. 
Miss Ethel Cutler, B.D., New York City. 
Rev. F. C. Harding, Yonkers, N.Y. 
Miss Harriet E. Johnson, Boston. 
Rev. Robert F. Lau, New York City. 
Rev. Fred. M. Lindsay, New York City. 
Rev. George Norcross, D.D., Carlisle, Pa. 
Rev. Daniel I. Odell, Philadelphia. 
Prof. Wm. R. Newbold, Philadelphia. 
Prof. Llewellyn Phillips, Bucknell Univ., Pa. 
Prof. J. Milton Vance, Wooster Univ., Ohio. 
Rev. H. B. Vanderbogart, Middletown, Conn. 
Miss Katrine Wheelock, New York City. 
Rev. Wm. C. White, Aurora-on-Cayuga, N.Y. 
Miss Eleanor D. Wood, Wellesley College, Mass. 

Professor Wood offered the following resolution : That the 
thanks of the Society be returned to the General Theo- 
logical Seminary for the hospitable and bountiful arrange- 
ments provided for this meeting. This was adopted by a 
unanimous vote. Informal remarks were made by several 
members favoring a closer affiliation between the Society 
and the School at Jerusalem. 

Professor Jastrow, of the Nominating Committee, reported 
the following list of officers: 

Prof. Lewis B. Paton President. 

Prof. George A. Barton Vice-President. 

Rev. Wm. H. Cobb Recording Secretary. 

Prof. J. Dyneley Prince Treasurer. 

Prof. H. P. Smith 

Prof. E. D. Burton Associates 

Prof. W. R. Arnold • in 

Prof. W. R. Betteridge Council. 

Prof. L. W. Batten 

Prof. J. P. Peters \ To represent the 

Pres. Mary A. Woolley • Society on the 

Prof. A. T. Clay J Palestine School. 

These were all unanimously elected. 



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It was voted to send the Treasurer a set of the Journal 
to replace one lost in the burning of his home. 

It was voted to limit the reading of papers to twenty 
minutes each. During the remainder of the morning papers 
were read and discussed as follows : By Professor Schmidt : 
" The ' God of the Hebrews ' in the Paris Magical Papyrus, 
11. 3019 ff." By Dr. Poebel: "The Royal Standing-Place 
in the Temple." By Dr. Vanderburgh: "The Ode on the 
King of Babylon, Isa. 14 4b-2i." By Professor Barton: 
" The Hebrew Originals of the Names of Angels and Demons 
in Ethiopic Enoch." By Professor Stearns: "A Collation 
of the Papyrus Fragments bearing on the New Testament 
Text." By Professor Haupt : " The Prayer of Moses, the 
Man of God." By Professor Moulton: "Irenseus on the 
Dating of the Gospels." By Professor Yerkes : " Some Notes 
on the Use of El in Genesis." By Professor Montgomery : 
"New Testament Quotations in the Odes of Solomon." 

Adjourned at 1 p.m. 

William H. Cobb, 

Becording Secretary. 

[The List of Members and Constitution and By-Laws will appear at the 
end of the Volume.]