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(As Amended Deo. 28, igoi) 


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 pro- 
vided for. There shall be also a Publishing Committee, consisting of 
the Corresponding Secretary and two others, who shall be annually 
chosen by the Council. 


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 President, 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 
particular 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 Recording 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 
correspondence 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 mem- 
bers ; 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 pro- 
ceedings 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 copy 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 refer- 
ence 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.