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This association shall be called "The Society of Biblical Literature 
and Exegesis." 

The object of the Society shall be to stimulate the critical study of the 
Scriptures by presenting, discussing, and publishing original papers on 
Biblical topics. 


The officers of the Society shall be a President, a Vice-President, a 
Recording Secretary, a Corresponding Secretary, and a Treasurer, who, 
with five others, shall be united in a Council. These shall be elected 
annually by the Society, with the exception of the Corresponding Secre- 
tary, who shall be elected annually by the Council. Additional members 
of the Council shall be the Presidents of the Sections hereinafter provided 
for. There shall be also a Publishing Committee, consisting of the Corre- 
sponding Secretary and two others, who shall be annually chosen by the 


Members shall be elected by the Society upon the recommendation of the 
Council. They may be of two classes, active and honorary. Honorary 
members shall belong to other nationalities than that of the United States 
of America, and shall be especially distinguished for their attainments as 
Biblical scholars. The number of honorary members chosen at the first 
election shall be not more than ten; in any succeeding year not more 
than two. 


The Society shall meet at least once a year, at such time and place as the 
Council may determine. On the first day of the annual meeting the Presi- 
dent, or some other member appointed by the Council for the purpose, shall 
deliver an address to the Society. 

Sections, consisting of all the members of the Society residing in a par- 
ticular locality, may be organized, with the consent of the Council for the 
object stated in Article II, provided that the number of members composing 
any Section shall not be less than twelve. Each Section shall annually 


choose for itself a President, whose duty it shall be to preside over its 
meeting, and to take care that such papers and notes read before it as 
the Section may judge to be of sufficient value are transmitted promptly 
to the Corresponding Secretary of the Society. The Sections shall meet 
as often as they shall severally determine, provided that their meetings do 
not interfere with the meetings of the Society. 


This constitution may be amended by a vote of the Society on recom- 
mendation of the Council, such amendment having been proposed at a 
previous meeting, and notice of the same having been sent to the members 
of the Society. 


It shall be the duty of the President, or, in his absence, of the Vice- 
President, to preside at all the meetings of the Society; but, in the absence 
of both these officers, the Society may choose a presiding officer from the 
members present. 


It shall be the duty of the Becording Secretary to notify the members, 
at least two weeks in advance, of each meeting, transmitting to them at 
the same time the list of papers to be presented at the meeting; to keep a 
record of the proceedings of such meetings; to preserve an accurate roll of 
the members; to make an annual report of the condition of the Society; 
to distribute its publications, and to do such other like things as the Council 
may request. 


It shall be the duty of the Corresponding Secretary to conduct the corre- 
spondence of the Society, and in particular, to use his best efforts for the 
securing of suitable papers and notes to be presented to the Society at 
each meeting; to prepare a list of such papers, and to place it in the hands 
of the Recording Secretary for transmission to the members; to receive 
all papers and notes that shall have been presented, and lay them before 
the Publishing Committee. 


It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to take charge of all the funds of 
the Society, and to invest or disburse them under the direction of the 
Council, rendering an account of all his transactions to the Society at each 
annual meeting. 


It shall be the duty of the Council to propose candidates for member- 
ship of the Society; to elect the Corresponding Secretary and the addi- 
tional members of the Publishing Committee; to fix the times and places 
for meetings, and generally to supervise the interests of the Society. 


It shall be the duty of the Publishing Committee to publish the proceed- 
ings of the Society, and also to select, edit, and publish, as far as the funds 
of the Society will justify, such papers and notes from among those laid 
before them, as shall in their judgment be fitted to promote Biblical science. 


The fee for admission into the Society shall be five dollars, besides which 
each member shall annually pay a tax of three dollars: but libraries may 
become members without the fee for admission, from which, also, members 
permanently residing abroad shall be exempt. The donation at one time, 
by a single person, of fifty dollars shall exempt the donor from all further 
payments, and no payments shall be required of honorary members. 

Each member shall be entitled to receive, without additional charge, one 
eopy of each publication of the Society after his election; in addition to 
which, if he be a contributor to the Journal, he shall receive twenty-five 
copies of any article or articles he may have contributed. 


Five members of the Council of whom not less than three shall have 
been elected directly by the Society shall constitute a quorum thereof. 
Twelve members of the Society shall constitute a quorum thereof for the 
transaction of business but a smaller number may continue in session for 
the purpose of hearing and discussing papers presented. 

The following resolution supplementary to the By-Laws with reference 
to the price at which members may procure extra copies of the Journal, 
was adopted June 13th, 1884: 

Resolved: That the Secretary be authorized to furnish to members, for 
the purpose of presentation, additional copies of any volume of the Journal, 
to the number of ten, at the rate of $1 a copy, but that the price to persons 
not members be the amount of the annual assessment.